- The Washington Times - Monday, October 27, 2003

BALTIMORE — Ray Lewis, the Baltimore Ravens’ All-Pro middle linebacker, has been conspicuously quiet so far this season even though he’s the team’s leading tackler with 68.

In the fourth quarter of yesterday’s 26-6 win over the Denver Broncos, Lewis made his first big play of the season.

With the Ravens clinging to a 9-6 fourth-quarter lead, Lewis intercepted Broncos quarterback Danny Kanell. When Lewis stepped in front of Broncos receiver Rod Smith, the Ravens’ five-time Pro Bowler killed any momentum the Broncos may have gained.

“I saw Danny Kanell was reading his receivers all the way down the field, so I just broke on it, and it was there,” Lewis said.

Get rid of replay

Ravens coach Brian Billick has seen enough of the NFL’s instant replay system. Billick watched in amazement as the Broncos challenged — and overturned — an 11-yard second-quarter touchdown pass to Ravens tight end Todd Heap.

Televised replays showed Heap catch the ball in the end zone, take two full steps with it, and then get nearly decapitated by Broncos middle linebacker Al Wilson. However, it appeared Heap held onto the ball until he hit the ground.

After watching replays, referee Ron Winter ruled Heap never maintained possession of the ball.

“I quit, I give up,” Billick said. “I’ve tried to be an advocate for the instant replay. Dump the whole [expletive] thing. We have spent so much money on this thing and it doesn’t work. Dump it. It doesn’t work. Move on.”

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