Late For Work 8/19: Webb Off PUP As Early As Today?

Plus Ozzie is still monitoring the market and Peter King’s thoughts at Ravens camp.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Thursday, August 19th, 2010 at 9:24 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison
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Webb Off PUP As Early As Today?

UPDATED: Reports out of practice indicate Lardarius Webb was not deactivated from the PUP list this morning.

There are indications that Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb could be activated off the physically-unable-to-perform list as early as this morning, reported Jamison Hensley of The Baltimore Sun.

The biggest indication is that Webb reportedly took the team’s conditioning test yesterday, a test that all players have to ace in order to suit up for practice.

It is still unknown whether he passed, but even an attempt means the second-year corner is nearing a return with 25 days still to go before the start of the Ravens’ regular season.

On the same day the good news on Webb surfaced, Ryan Mink of baltimoreravens.com confirmed that the other starting cornerback, Fabian Washington, will play in this Saturday’s preseason game vs. the Redskins.

It will be Washington’s first game back since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament on Nov. 22 last year.

Maybe our secondary isn’t as bad as we thought,” wrote Ravens Flock member RavensAllTheWay after reading the news on Webb.

While they aren’t out of the clear yet, the Ravens’ secondary is on the mend and fans certainly can find solace in that. Webb and Washington would be a major boost.

But if anyone is saying “slow your roll,” it’s Webb himself. He wants to be very cautious and isn’t aiming to play in any preseason games.

Moving forward, National Football Post’s Aaron Wilson suggests the Ravens will handle Webb’s return in the same manner they handled Washington’s.¬† The training and coaching staffs were very careful with Washington, keeping him in a non-contact red jersey for the first several days of practice.

While we’re on the topic of the improving secondary, here are a few more updates:

Chris Carr feels he could be ready for this weekend’s matchup in Washington D.C., but isn’t pushing it.

The Ravens feel Ed Reed working with a rehab doctor in Atlanta is a good sign of his progression.

And just in case, safety Tom Zbikwoski said he feels more explosive and anticipates better as he continues to prepare as if he will start in case Reed doesn’t return.

La Canfora: Ozzie Still Angling For Trade

Even with all the positive news coming out of the defensive backfield, Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome seems to continue to monitor all possible avenues.

NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora wrote yesterday afternoon that Baltimore remains in the market for a legit third or fourth corner.

The key words are “third or fourth” corner, so let’s not set our expectations too high.

“Now that everyone has played a preseason game, and teams start to get a better focus on their rosters — where they have holes; where they have more depth than needed — trade talks begin to heat up,” La Canfora explained.

“Having exhausted the free-agent ranks, [the Ravens] figure they might have to deal RB Willis McGahee to complete a deal.”

The NFL.com writer added that receiver Mark Clayton and one of the many quality depth linebackers would also have trade appeal.

“They won’t all be dealt, but somebody playing at least one of those positions is likely to go,” La Canfora concluded.

King: Ravens Most Fan-Friendly Camp In NFL

SI.com’s Peter King, whom I consider one of the best in the biz, has been observing Ravens camp in Westminster the last couple of days. He has yet to write a piece about his impressions, but he has been tweeting about his experience and answering fan questions.

I found several tweets to be enlightening, and I think you will too: 

  • SI_PeterKing: RT @GregJBond: How do you rate the fan atmosphere at Balt training camp vs other NFL teams? … Ravens most fan-friendly camp in NFL.
  • SI_PeterKing: RT @mreinhart5: Any truth in Revis to Ravens rumors? … Better chance I play corner for Ravens than Revis does.
  • SI_PeterKing: @DrTarzain: Chances ravens trade for a cb 50-50? … 65-35, I would say. Think they’ll get some team’s fourth CB.
  • SI_PeterKing: RT @D_Stallworth18: Still working to get better everyday. …He looks sculpted and fast. Deep WR grp for once.
  • SI_PeterKing: Ravens I: Ozzie prowls patiently, for CB. Balt scouts 15 games this wk…Could use McGahee, Clayton, DT, ILB as bait…Suggs 17 lbs lighter.
  • SI_PeterKing: Ravens II: Oher flings down LB in pass-rush drill … Ravens wish Gaither loved football … CBs chafe against they-stink national image.

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