Bothered by back issues, Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb will not play the first two preseasons games according to coach John Harbaugh.
“He’s just got some things going on in there that aren’t long-term things,” Harbaugh said after Saturday’s practice. “I’m not going to get into giving you the exact diagnosis. This early part of camp, I just don’t want to put him through this. He had sports hernia surgery also. There’s some scar tissue in there. I just would rather keep him out of this first part of training camp.
“He probably won’t play the first two preseason games, maybe he’ll play the third one maybe not. It’s really not that important. I want to get him right.”
Webb has not practiced since last week, and his absence will give other corners competing for the nickel cornerback position more reps like Chykie Brown, Asa Jackson, and Dominique Franks. Jimmy Smith and Webb are firmly entrenched as the starting corners, but the nickel cornerback spot remains a concern.
If Webb is not healthy by Week 1, that will also be a major concern. However, the Ravens hope that shutting down Webb for much, if not all of preseason will allow his back to heal in time for the regular season.
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