Browns running back Jamal Lewis resisted the temptation to gloat. But after listening to rumors that he might be released during final cuts or had nothing left at age 30, Lewis averaged 5.2 yards per carry Sunday against Minnesota.
He totaled 57 yards on 11 attempts agains the Vikings' defense, which has led the league in run defense for three consecutive seasons.
"Preseason is not where I make my hay,'' Lewis said Wednesday. ''It’s done in Week 1 all the way through. My job is to get ready for the season and get going so I could do my part in this offense. That’s what I was trying to take care of in preseason.''
Lewis could carry a heavy workload Sunday as the Browns visit Denver. Rookie running back James Davis suffered a shoulder injury against the Vikings and Jerome Harrison was inactive with a knee injury.
''I can’t be concerned with who’s hurt and what’s going on with that,'' Lewis said. ''That’s up to the coaches.''