Will Ray Lewis news impact Colts?

January, 2, 2013
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Linebacker Ray Lewis said he is retiring after the Baltimore Ravens' season ends.

He has indicated he will play play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts in the wild-card round after missing two months with a triceps injury.

Is his revelation going to spark Baltimore to a big showing against Indianapolis at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday? Or will his last game serve as a distraction for the Ravens.

It’s hard to know, and he’s entitled to share the news with his team as he did today as opposed to trying to keep it a secret. Most presumed it was going to be the case anyway.

But I do think it can sap a little bit of energy from the Ravens during the week and actually be a bit of an advantage to the upset-minded Colts.

"There will be a ton of energy,” Cots coach Chuck Pagano, who worked as part of the Ravens defensive staff before the Colts hired him. “ ... He’s their leader."

"It will be fun to one day say I got to play against Ray Lewis," Andrew Luck said.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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