OWINGS MILLS – After failing his conditioning test, starting cornerback Lardarius Webb missed Thursday’s opening training camp practice. Webb won’t practice until he passes the test, which is not the way he wanted to open camp.
Webb was plagued by back problems the first half of last season, then played well late in the season. His health is one of the keys to the Ravens having an improved secondary. He is their most experienced corner, and can play both outside and in the slot. Webb may also see time this season as a punt returner.
Asked if Webb failing the test was a big deal, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said, “It’s always a big deal. It was a big deal Jacoby (Jones) didn’t pass it, it was a big deal when Haloti (Ngata) didn’t pass it, it’s always a big deal. The conditioning test measures anaerobic conditioning. It measures the ability to recover, get your heart rate way up and recover.
“Webby is in really good shape in a lot of different ways. You can see it in the way he moves. But he’s not in the kind of anaerobic shape he needs to be in to come out here and practice. The idea being that if I go play after play after play, and I begin to get fatigued, and I can’t move the way I need to move, I’m going to have a fatigue type of injury. That’s why we don’t allow guys to practice until they’re aerobically in conditioning. He’s a little behind that way, certainly, and he’s going to have to make up the ground.”
Asked how Webb reacted, Harbaugh said, “He took it hard on himself. He’s disappointed. I know he’s very determined to get clear.”
But for Webb to practice Friday, he must first conquer the test.