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Lardarius Webb’s long road back to the practice field ended Monday, as he was activated from the Ravens’ physically unable to perform (PUP) upon passing a physical.
During the portion of Monday’s practice open to the media, Webb only participated in individual drills, but did not seem to have any hesitation in his backpedal and cuts.
It is unknown whether Webb will play in Baltimore’s final two preseason contests, but his return marks a positive step towards his availability for the regular-season opener against the New York Jets (Sept. 13).
Neither Head Coach John Harbaugh nor Webb would put a timetable on the situation.
When Harbaugh was asked about Webb’s status for the preseason, he replied, “I really don’t know. You’d love to [have him playing], just because if he’s out there doing it you’d know he was ready, but we’re not going to push it. We’re not going to do anything earlier than we’re completely – as much as you can be – sure that there won’t be a setback.”
When the coach was asked to label Webb’s chances for Week 1, Harbaugh said, “I wish I could, I’m not a doctor. The doctors don’t even tell us that because they don’t know, so it’s just impossible to put a number on it.”
With Fabian Washington playing well in his preseason debut last Saturday night in the Ravens’ 23-3 win over the Washington Redskins, Webb’s presence would have two of the Ravens’ top three corners from 2009 on the field. Domonique Foxworth tore his ACL during a non-contact practice the day before training camp opened for veterans.
After suffering his injury against the Chicago Bears on Dec. 20, 2009, starting in place of an injured Washington (knee), Webb was one of the hardest workers in the offseason.
Webb practically lived at the Ravens’ training facility in Owings Mills, Md., in the offseason, rehabbing with Vice President of Medical Services and Head Trainer Bill Tessendorf.
“It was a lot of hard work. Just being here every day with Bill, putting in all the work that I possibly can do, just being up here every day,” Webb explained. ”It was hard waking up [and] coming up here every day, but it was easy once I got here to put the work in because I wanted to be back.”
Webb totaled 36 tackles, one sack and six passes defensed as a rookie, in addition to a 26.2-yard average per kickoff return and 11 special teams tackles as a physical gunner.
The humble Webb said he doesn’t care what his job is moving forward, whether that is in the defensive backfield or on special teams.
“My expectations are to get through this whole season healthy and to help my team win a championship,” said Webb. “Play my role; if that’s cheering them on, on the sideline, if that’s being the starting corner, or starting nickel, hey, I could be a coach. It doesn’t matter. I just want to be a part of this team this year.
“I’m doing everything to get back with these guys.”
Webb missed all of training camp while he continued rehabilitating a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, as the Ravens wanted to be patient in the young talent’s return. Now that the journey is almost over, Webb has had time to reflect on the rehabilitation process.
“I didn’t know what to think [about the injury],” Webb said. ”I had never had an ACL [injury] before, so I didn’t know what it was going to take to get back. [I] didn’t know what I was going to be going through.