On their long, shared road back from injury, Ravens defensive ends Brent Urban and Kapron Lewis-Moore would dream over dinner about how their much-anticipated debuts would play out once they finally had a clean bill of health.
Following day after day of building back strength in their injured leg ligaments, they built each other up with the idea that a moment like Urban enjoyed with his game-changing field-goal block Monday against the Cleveland Browns was in their future.
"I can't wait for next year," Urban recalled them saying. "We're going to be back there. We're going to make an impact. Next year at this point, we will not be injured. We'll be back and playing well.
"We'd talk about it a lot, actually."
Urban's reality likely exceeded anything they could have dreamed. Hours after Lewis-Moore, who was inactive for Monday's game against the Browns, tweeted about his excitement for Urban's pending debut, Urban blocked the Browns' game-winning field-goal attempt with no time left.
Safety Will Hill returned it 64 yards for a touchdown, and Urban had a moment that made his arduous recoveries from a torn ACL in 2014 and torn biceps in 2015 worthwhile.
That he has been able to share the season with Lewis-Moore, who has played five games in his first healthy professional season after coming back from a torn ACL and torn Achilles tendon, has made it that much better.
"We both support each other so much," Urban said. "I'm sure he's really happy for me, and I was really happy for him when he was playing at the beginning of the season. It's definitely something where we're keeping each other's confidence up."
Said Lewis-Moore: "We always talked about getting to go out there and play and have fun. He went out there, had a hell of a game, made a game-changing play. I can't be more happy for the guy, because we've been grinding."
Lewis-Moore was a sixth-round draft pick in 2013 who the Ravens selected despite a torn ACL suffered in his final collegiate game at Notre Dame. That entire season was lost as he rehabilitated, and Lewis-Moore had just a handful of training camp practices completed in 2014 before he tore his Achilles and spent a second season on injured reserve.
Urban arrived with the Ravens as a fourth-round pick out of Virginia in 2014, and two weeks before Lewis-Moore went down with his Achilles injury, Urban tore his ACL and was also out for the season.
That meant that as their teammates shuttled back and forth between home and Baltimore for offseason workouts and team activities, their presence in Baltimore was mandatory as part of their rehabs.
"I guess it was the situation that really brought us together," Urban said. "We were in there in the training room in the offseason, working every day together. That really formed a bond between us. I wouldn't say we're that different — we have similar interests at least, so that was a good starting ground."
Having been in Baltimore for a year longer, Lewis-Moore had a few friends to introduce Urban to. But most of the time, it was just the two of them. They'd go out downtown, watch their respective alma maters play basketball and hang out "just like some normal people would do outside of work," Lewis-Moore said.
They each entered training camp with a clean bill of health, but Urban tore his biceps early on. Like Lewis-Moore a year earlier, Urban was on the verge of a second lost season, but he was ultimately placed on injured reserve with a designation to return, meaning he could come back after missing at least eight regular-season games.
Lewis-Moore, meanwhile, had to battle throughout training camp. He ultimately made the Week 1 roster over DeAngelo Tyson, a reward for the two years of hard work he put in, and injuries to Timmy Jernigan and Chris Canty meant Lewis-Moore played five of the Ravens' first six games. He recorded three tackles in that span, playing around 10 snaps per game before ceding his game-day roster spot.
He hasn't dressed since, and Urban acknowledged he was concerned that his own return might come at the expense of Lewis-Moore. But Urban was added in a roster spot created when running back Justin Forsett broke his arm and went on injured reserve.
Now that they're both healthy and on the active roster, the only remaining goal is to get on the field together.
"I'm going to do what I can do," Lewis-Moore said. "I'm going to keep practicing well and understand my role on the team, just try to get better every week."
But on a deep defensive line, defensive coordinator Dean Pees indicated Thursday that Lewis-Moore, Urban and rookie defensive tackle Carl Davis were essentially in the running for a single roster spot on Sundays.
Still, Pees understands what a moment like Monday's meant for Urban, and by extension Lewis-Moore, who was with him every step of the way.
"It was great," Pees said. "He needed something like that, too, I think, as an uplift. The guy has been through a lot — been injured and down and injured again and down. To fight through all that stuff and finally get a chance to finally play, it's really amazing it ended up being that last play to really make him feel good. He still has some work to do, now, on defense, but he got out there. He played. He got his feet wet a little bit, so it was really gratifying to see him get out there."