Webb hosts charity softball game
Both the Ravens and Lardarius Webb have remained patient and optimistic, waiting for him to return from the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered last October.
Webb enjoyed hosting his charity softball event Sunday, benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Baltimore. However, Webb has only been cleared to participate in OTA’s on a limited basis. His goal is to be ready when the Ravens open the regular season in September.
Before his injury, Webb was building a reputation as one of the NFL’s better corners. Despite winning a Super Bowl without him, the Ravens missed his skills.
"You saw it early in the season," said defensive coordinator Dean Pees. "We use him a lot when we blitzed him in the slot as our nickel back. He was a good corner. He makes plays. He’s a good tackler. It looks like he’s a buck-fifty out there, but the guy throws his body around. He thinks he’s a linebacker. The other part of it is just the way he plays, with the tenacity that he plays with. It just brings an extra spark to that whole secondary. He’s another guy where it’s critical we get him back, and we want him back."
Webb is soaking up knowledge during OTA’s, so he can hit the ground running whenever he is cleared for drills.
"The thing about Lardarius is…I know he isn’t in practice, but he’s in every meeting,’’ Pees said. "He knows everything that is going on."
Webb had five interceptions in 2011, returning one of them 68 yards for a touchdown against the Browns. Those are the kind of plays the Ravens look forward to seeing from Webb next season. But there is no reason to rush his return in June. Better for the Ravens to have him at full strength in September.