OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) _ Defensive tackle Larry Webster returned to the Baltimore Ravens on Monday after serving a third suspension for violating the NFL's alcohol and substance policy.

Webster received the suspension in April and was ordered to miss eight games after an appeal. His return was delayed two weeks by paperwork, but he hopes to be in uniform for Baltimore's game against Dallas on Nov. 19.

``I've been working out and running, mostly with a trainer. I'm in great shape now, but I still have to get into football shape,'' Webster said.

Webster started in all 16 games for Baltimore last year, recording a career-high 44 tackles and two sacks. He signed a three-year, $5 million deal with the Ravens in February, and two months later received word of his suspension.

He denied any wrongdoing.

``I told my stand on that, I went through my appeal,'' he said. ``They made their decision and I had to stick with it. Life isn't fair. You've got to take the good with the bad, and you go on.''

Webster, replaced in the lineup by Sam Adams, eagerly anticipates his return to action.

``It feels good to be back after going through the stuff I went through,'' Webster said. ``Now I just want to contribute to the team the best way I can.''

Webster broke into the NFL in 1992 with the Miami Dolphins. He twice reportedly tested positive for marijuana while with the Dolphins, and as a member of the Cleveland Browns was suspended for six games after testing positive during the 1995 season.

His last suspension was for the entire 1996 season. Webster said when the sanction came after he drank a beer at his bachelor party. NFL rules prohibit drinking alcohol after one substance abuse violation.