Webb working hard to return

Webb working hard to return
April 23, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb is itching for his own chance to play in the Super Bowl.

Webb, who missed the second half of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, said on Tuesday that his recovery is going well, though he would not speculate on when he might return to the field.

"We're just taking our time," he said as he met with the media during the Ravens offseason conditioning program.

"All I can do is just come here and work every day," he added. "That's what I do."

Webb a former third-round draft pick out of Nicholls State, had developed into one of the league's top cover corners and signed a six-year, $50 million deal last spring. But then he went down in the sixth game of the season -- his second torn ACL in four years -- and had to watch the Ravens' Super Bowl run from the sideline.

"It feels good to be a Super Bowl champion," Webb said, "but I want to play in it. So that's still my motivation to this day. I want to play in a Super Bowl."

Now entering his fifth NFL season, Webb figures to be one of the veteran leaders of the Ravens defense now that Ray Lewis has retired and Ed Reed has moved on to Houston via free agency. In addition, cornerback Cary Williams left via free agency and Bernard Pollard was released, leaving Webb as the only starter left from last season's Week 1 secondary.

Webb called Reed "my favorite player" and said he learned how to lead by example from the man he called " the best safety to ever play the game, to me."

"We're going to continue being the Ravens defense," Webb added. "Ed brought us a lot and he taught us a lot while he was here. We're going to take what he taught us and move on."

Webb said that having gone through an ACL rehabilitation once before -- he tore an ACL in Week 15 against the Bears in 2009 -- and returned to top form has given him the confidence that he can do it again.

Coach John Harbaugh, speaking at last week's pre-draft news conference, said he thought Webb's recovery was proceeding "maybe ahead of schedule. He looks really good. He should be ready to roll [for] training camp. We are going to make sure we don’t have a setback. That’s the most important thing."

Webb, though, would not offer a timeline or targeted goal for his return. Asked more than once about when he might return to the field, Webb declined to be specific, saying, "When the time comes, number 21 will be back."