Losing Lardarius Webb near the midseason point was the most devastating blow for the Ravens.
Lewis returned after a 10-game absence and has an NFL-high 44 tackles in the postseason. Webb, the Ravens’ best cover cornerback, only can watch.
“I’ll be back next year,” said Webb, who refused to indicate exactly if that means for 2013 training camp or the start of the regular season.
The Ravens had the depth at linebacker to absorb Lewis’ loss. They improved from 27th to 17th thanks to contributions from Dannell Ellerbe, Jameel McClain and a host of others. Now they're in the Super Bowl, where they'll face the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans on Sunday.
The secondary, however, took a longer to regroup. The Ravens gave up too many plays of 20 yards or more. But the emergence of Corey Graham, a special-teams player who is in his first season in Baltimore, has solidified the unit.
“I let them know what I’m seeing out there. We communicate about what’s going on,” said Webb, who was on his way to a Pro Bowl season before the injury.
Cary Williams has taken over the top assignments and hasn't disappointed. Williams has six interceptions, including the postseason, which leads the team.
“I’m not surprised. Cary Williams is a starter. He was a starter last year. He’s been proven,” Webb said. “When Corey came in, we knew he was a baller since training camp.
“He came in and played great. We've had some adversity, We've had some injuries. We had a skid at the end of the regular season. With the guys we have on this team, we kind of knew we were going to be back. We knew we would be in the playoffs. We knew we would be a team to be reckoned with.”