Webb targeting season opener for return

Webb targeting season opener for return
July 25, 2013, 7:00 pm
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John Harbaugh says Ravens have a long way to go

The Ravens have the luxury of being patient with Lardarius Webb’s knee.

The regular-season opener against the Broncos is still more than a month away, and Webb is recovering nicely from his torn ACL. Instead of being on the PUP list, Webb was on the field Thursday, practicing on a limited basis.

There’s no reason to rush Webb into contact, to put his knee at unnecessary risk. Before his knee injury last season, Webb had blossomed into one of the NFL’s better cover corners. So the goal is not to get Webb ready for the preseason. The goal is for Webb to take the field with the Ravens on Sept. 5 against the Broncos.

“It’s reasonable that he would be playing against Denver,” coach John Harbaugh said Thursday. “That’s definitely our target. I think he’s got a very good chance of playing in the preseason at some point in time, but it’s not the most important thing. He can probably do more than we’re letting him do, but we’re not going to push it.”

Webb admitted he was having a hard time staying patient. But he understands. A setback during camp is the last thing Webb wants. When he returns, he wants to be as good as he ever was. Actually, he wants to be better.

“I want to be great," Webb said Thursday after practice. “That’s why I come out and work my butt off every day. I don’t want to just be good. I want to be more than that.”

Webb was not on the field when the Ravens won the Super Bowl, and that fact has fueled his hunger to return. “It was a good feeling on the sideline, so I can imagine how good it felt to actually be on the field, just playing, make some tackles, make some plays,” Webb said. “I feel like a champion, but I’m motivated to get back.”