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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ravens Injury Update: Lardarius Webb remains sidelined


By on 7/29/2014 10:15:00 AM

The NFL offseason is officially over as teams all over the league have opened their mandatory training camps over the last week. As injuries begin to pile up around the country, the Baltimore Ravens are having concerns about their starting cornerback Lardarius Webb who missed his third straight practice yesterday. Ravens insider Clifton Brown reports that Webb remained on the sidelines last night as Baltimore hosted a public practice at M&T Bank Stadium.  Webb has not returned to the field since leaving Friday's practice with a back injury.

It was first reported that Webb was suffering back spasms and would not miss any extended time, yet missing three straight problems is causing concern: 
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh initially wasn't too concerned, but spoke on Webb last night during practice:
He's got some back things that we're looking at right now. Backs are a little weird. At first, it was no big deal. It's lingering a little bit, so we'll find out what's going on with it.
Webb was drafted in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft and has remained in Baltimore his whole career.  Entering his sixth season in the league, he has a career 255 combined tackles, two forced fumbles, two sacks and 10 interceptions in 67 regular season games. 
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Webb is no stranger to missing time as he landed on the Ravens injured reserve list in 2009 and 2012 with knee injuries.  He played in just six games in 2012, after an October 14th matchup with the Dallas Cowboys resulted in an anterior cruciate ligament tear in the first quarter. Webb was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list the following week, and underwent ACL surgery in December. That same year, Webb ended up watching from the sidelines as Baltimore fought through the playoffs and win Super Bowl XLVII.



The Ravens are getting thin at the cornerback position after losing Aaron Ross for the year with a torn Achilles tendon, as well as Chykie Brown missing Sunday's practice with a slight hamstring injury. Thankfully Brown returned to the field last night, but with he and Webb missing time, cornerback Asa Jackson ran the starting defense. A fifth-round pick in 2012, Jackson has played in seven NFL games, with no starts.

Harbaugh initially said that Webb's injury was minor, but has now indicated that the 28 year-old veteran cornerback will undergo further testing. It seems as though his back spasms are more significant than originally thought, and hopefully Webb will be able to get the treatment and rest he needs before the season begins in a little over a month. 




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