OWINGS MILLS – Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees did not try to sugarcoat his feelings Tuesday when asked about the absence of cornerback Lardarius Webb. Pees is concerned that Webb (hamstring) has not practiced in more than a week, and has not played at all this preseason. Webb missed the entire preseason last season due to back issues and struggled early in the season. The Ravens do not want a repeat scenario.
“Absolutely,” said Pees, when asked if he was concerned about Webb missing time. “I know he’s trying to do, it’s not his fault - he’s trying to do what he can to rehab and get ready to go. It’s certainly a concern. I’d be fooling you in telling you if I didn’t think it was a concern. I want the guys out there practicing so we can see where they are and know where they are. The conditioning thing, and all those kind of things. Yeah it’s a concern, I hope we get him out here in the next week or so. But yeah, at this point, I wished he was out there, absolutely.”
The Ravens improved their cornerback depth this offseason by signing Kyle Arrington and Cassius Vaughn, and drafting Tray Walker. However, Webb and No. 1 cornerback Jimmy Smith remain crucial to the secondary as the two best cover corners on the outside.
Rashaan Melvin continues to improve as a corner, and is a candidate to replace Webb in the starting lineup if he’s not ready to go by Week 1. But the Ravens were hoping Webb would be injury-free this season. Now they’re hoping this latest setback won’t last much longer.