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Ravens Notebook: Lewis 'played well' in return from torn triceps

OWINGS MILLS - Barreling through the Indianapolis Colts' offensive line on a well-timed run blitz, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis easily worked his way into the Colts' backfield to bring down running back Vick Ballard for a one-yard loss.

Playing just 11 weeks after suffering a complete tear of his right triceps, Lewis had a team-high 13 tackles during Sunday's 24-9 win against Indianapolis, including the first quarter stop of Ballard.

"He played well," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. "He played well. He was physical at the point of attack. He did a good job in the pass game. The crazy thing about the game was we were on the field for so many plays. Everybody on defense got a little tired toward the end there ... and Ray probably felt that at the end a little bit just like the rest of the guys. [But there was] really nothing negative. He played a good, solid game."

And Lewis played without any noticeable restrictions as a result of his surgically repaired triceps. Some of the same deficiencies in Lewis' game that were of concern early in the season were still apparent Sunday - his limited range in run pursuit, his inability to consistently shed blocks the way he did during the prime of his career and his limitations in pass coverage - but the 37-year old was on the field for all 87 of the Ravens' defensive snaps in his first action since sustaining the triceps injury in mid-October and helped hold a potent Colts offense without a touchdown.

"He was himself," Baltimore cornerback Cary Williams said of Lewis. "He was the same guy you've seen for the last 17 years. He was a professional. He was the guy who led the huddle just like always. We followed right behind him because we believe in him, and we were able to come out successful."

INJURY FREE: Harbaugh said the Ravens came out of the game against Indianapolis without any major injuries.

Starting inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe aggravated a pre-existing right ankle injury during the fourth quarter but returned shortly thereafter and downplayed the severity of the injury after the game.

"We're more full-strength than we've been all year, and it's the right time to be healthy," Harbaugh said.

KINDLE RELEASED: Baltimore released outside linebacker and former second-round pick Sergio Kindle from its practice squad Monday.

"It was kind of a mutually agreed upon [decision] between the two of us," Harbaugh said. "It was nothing that he did or didn't do. I told him I have high hopes for [him]. I really do. ... He's hoping for an opportunity somewhere where he can maybe take the next step."

Kindle was Baltimore's top pick (43rd overall) in the 2010 NFL draft but never fulfilled his promise with the Ravens largely as a result of injuries suffered during a fall down a flight of stairs only months after being drafted.

Kindle fractured his skull during the fall, suffered permanent hearing loss in his left ear and sustained neurological damage that he acknowledged earlier in the season that he's still in the process of recovering from.

He appeared in just three games during his three years with Baltimore - two last season and one this year. He played in the Ravens' Week 2 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, recording the lone tackle of his Baltimore career.

He was released from the Ravens' active roster in October before being signed to team's practice squad days later.

As of Monday night, Baltimore was yet to fill Kindle's spot on the practice squad.

"We're looking at possibly a linebacker or an offensive lineman, so it's just kind of up in the air right now," Harbaugh said.