Each time Paul Kruger gets a chance to step up, he has had to take a step back.
He won a starting job at linebacker, but entered the season with a back injury that gradually worsened and limited his production.
Kruger sat out Week 2 vs. the Philadelphia Eagles and hasn't started since then as rookie Courtney Upshaw has started.
In Thursday night's 23-16 win vs. the Cleveland Browns, however, Kruger made his presence known.
He drilled Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden as he released a pass, defensed a pass on their first drive to force a punt and tallied his first sack of the season for a six-yard loss on third down in the second quarter.
"I felt a lot more healthy. I could move a lot better. I feel like my speed is coming back," Kruger said. "I feel like myself again. it feels really good to go out there and play close to 100 percent."
The Ravens got out of the game, the fourth in 18 days, relatively healthy with more than a week to prepare for the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 7.
Receiver Torrey Smith limped off the field after the game with an ankle sprain, but coach John Harbaugh said it wasn't serious.
The same goes for Joe Flacco, who Harbaugh said has a sore ankle, too.