After suffering a back injury on the second day of training camp, Baltimore Ravens starting cornerback Lardarius Webb was ruled out of the first two preseason games. There was concern that Webb’s injury would linger on into the regular season as it did into the preseason. However, the Ravens heard good news from their star corneback on Monday.
According to Webb, his back is improving and he’s feeling much better. “Feeling better,” Webb told reporters after watching Monday’s practice.
“Just want to make sure I’m right before I hit the field. They know what they’re doing. I trust them, I trust this organization, I trust Harbs. They’ll get me back whenever it’s best for me to come back.”
Unfortunately for Webb, he has already missed a good chunk of preseason action in his career. In 2010, he missed the entire preseason after coming back from his first ACL tear; and last year, he missed three preseason games coming back from his second such injury.
Obviously, Webb would like to get out there and partake in some preseason action. “I would love to play some preseason,” he said. “The other [ACL injuries] were harder to come back from than a back [injury]. We’ll see. I don’t know.”
I for one am worried that Webb’s injuries won’t stop here. There’s a theory that has been proven to be true over the years: once injured, always injured. Although it’s not always true, the likelihood of becoming an “injury prone” player goes way up after tearing an ACL twice.
However, let’s take this one step at a time. Hopefully Webb will return as soon as week three of the preseason and will be ready to roll for the regular season.
Asa Jackson injured his knee in camp just a few days ago and safety Aaron Ross has already been lost for the year due to a torn Achilles. With that being said, Webb will obviously be vital to the Ravens defense as he plays what is perhaps their most depth-challenged position.