Washington Hopes to Return

But could a thigh contusion mean more Lardarius Webb in the secondary?

Posted by Mike Duffy on Thursday, November 12th, 2009 at 11:29 am | Categories: Mike Duffy

Ravens cornerback Fabian Washington left the field last Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals because of a thigh contusion.

He is optimistic that it will not limit his playing time this week in Cleveland.

“I hope it’s nothing that [makes it] too long that I’m out,” Washington said on Wednesday. 

Washington walked across the locker room without any visible hitch in his step before stopping to speak with the media.

He originally hurt himself in the second quarter while covering Bengals receiver Chris Henry.  While Washington limped off the field, Henry was helped to the locker room because he broke his forearm on the play.

Washington was replaced by rookie Lardarius Webb, who stood out for his physical play and ability to keep up with Cincinnati’s talented corps of wideouts while being challenged repeatedly by quarterback Carson Palmer.

Whether Webb or Washington starts against the Browns will likely be a game-time decision.

“He’s playing well, and you ask about his role every week, because every week you see him play well,” head coach John Harbaugh told reporters on Monday when asked about increased playing time for Webb.  “He got more [playing time] last week, and he played well. So, we’ll see how it works this week.”

As for Washington, he is looking to remain consistent instead of turning in spotty performances week-to-week.

“Just talking about myself, the season has been up and down,” explained the ever-candid Washington.  “I have a good one, and then go back to a bad one, have a good one and go back to a bad one.  I just have to get off this rollercoaster, and just go uphill and get off the downhill.”

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