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Cornerback Lardarius Webb and guard Marshal Yanda could both see action Thursday night against the Panthers.
Neither Webb (knee) nor Yanda (shoulder) have played during the preseason, proceeding cautiously after recovering from surgery. However, the third preseason game is usually when starters see the most action. Coach John Harbaugh said he would like to give Webb and Yanda some time Thursday, in preparation for the regular season opener (Sept. 5) in Denver.
It’s positive news for the Ravens that their best cover corner and Pro Bowl guard are making steady progress. Following Sunday’s practice at Stevenson University, Harbaugh was asked about working Webb into the game Thursday.
“We’ll have to make that decision, probably the day before the game,” Harbaugh said. “He looks pretty good here right now. We might leave a little bit of that up to him, and the doctors obviously. But it would be nice to get him the work before we tee it up for real.”
Asked about Yanda, Harbaugh said, “Yanda would be in the same situation as Webb. I think there’s a good chance that both of those guys could play, but I don’t want to say anything until we get through a couple of days of practice. But it would be nice to get those guys out there. “He (Yanda) looks good. I talked to him this morning, no problem with his shoulder at all. He said his legs were a little wobbly. He’s gotta get his sea legs back a little bit. But he’s in great shape. He’s been really working hard.”
Yanda was on the practice field Sunday working with the starters, but admitted he was not in midseason form.
“I just need the timing of the game,” Yanda said. “The shoulder’s feeling good. I’m a little rusty. I haven’t had the pads on since February.”
Being ready for Week 1 is more important than playing Thursday. However, both Webb and Yanda are clearly moving closer to game action.