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Webb Still Not Sure of Return

The Ravens cornerback said he just can’t run and cut on his knee.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Sunday, March 21st, 2010 at 7:53 am | Categories: Ryan Mink

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Lardarius Webb said he definitely sees himself playing a big role for the Ravens next year. He just doesn’t know when.

The Ravens’ second-year cornerback, who suffered a knee injury during the Ravens’ Dec. 20 game against the Chicago Bears, is still taking it slow. Webb said there’s no timetable for his return to the field and that he won’t have one until he starts to be able to test out his knee.

Walking around the facility, last year’s third-round pick looks totally fine. But he has yet to try running or any football movements.

“I’m coming along nice,” Webb said. “I’m working on getting all of it back. You’ve got to work all your fundamentals to get back. I’m learning how to play football again, basically.”

Head Coach John Harbaugh said at the Combine that he expects his players with knee injuries to be practicing on the first day of training camp but that the Ravens will still have a “contingency plan.”

“We have to ease them through the [Organized Team Activities] and get them doing football-related movements,” Harbaugh said this week, referring to Webb, Fabian Washington and wideout Marcus Smith.

“That will be important in May and June. Then, we can start them out on [the Physically Unable to Perform list] at training camp and see how far they are.”

Not knowing when Webb will be ready could affect how the Ravens approach April’s draft. Baltimore also has two unrestricted free agents – Corey Ivy and Frank Walker – on the market and Walker is rumored to be heading elsewhere. The status of Samari Rolle, who sat out all of 2009 with health problems, is also unknown.

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