Webb not slated to play in Ravens' season opener

Carr likely to start in his place against Jets

September 08, 2010|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

Lardarius Webb appears to be practicing fully and with few limitations, but there are signs pointing to the Ravens cornerback sitting out Monday night's season opener against the New York Jets.

First, Webb is listed behind both Fabian Washington and Chris Carr on the team's depth chart, which was updated Wednesday morning.

Second, coach John Harbaugh conceded on his weekly cable TV program Tuesday night that he is "not anticipating" Webb's presence.

"We're not going to rule him out for Monday night, but I'm not anticipating him either," Harbaugh said as transcribed by the team. "I think either way it could go and [he'll return] shortly thereafter."

Harbaugh was not available for comment after Wednesday's practice. Webb said the decision was up to Harbaugh and trainer Bill Tessendorf.

"I'm comfortable with whatever Coach has for me," Webb said. "If he wants me to get out and test it, I will. If he doesn't, then I won't. It all depends on how this week goes."

Webb said he has been practicing both with the defense and the scout team in an effort to strengthen the surgically repaired right knee in which he tore the anterior cruciate ligament Dec. 20.

"I feel better every day," he said. "It gets better every day. My confidence keeps rising and rising, and it gets better."

Carr, who is slated to start, said his mindset has not been altered by Webb's return or the team's acquisition of Josh Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks.

"I started at the end of the season last year, and offseason, that's been my goal," Carr said. "I want to play every down and continue to try to get better. That's always my thing. So I feel like I have continually gotten better through the OTAs, training camp until now. So yeah, that's my mentality, to play all the time. Whatever they want me to do, I'm willing to go out there and do it."

L. McClain seeks to bury hatchet with Ryan

Le'Ron McClain won't engage the team's former defensive coordinator in a back-and-forth exchange.

On Monday, the Ravens fullback said he was happy that Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis had ended his holdout and would play the season opener next Monday night because New York would have "no excuses."

Jets coach Rex Ryan fired back Tuesday, saying, "I don't know what's wrong with Le'Ron. He said something about there's no excuses. … He must have us confused with somebody else. I don't think we make any excuses. Last year, we didn't have our starting 11 guys on defense for a single game and yet we led the league."

Ryan added, "We don't make excuses. All we do is produce ... And that's what we're planning to do Monday night."

After Wednesday's practice, McClain sought to put out the fire.

"I hope he didn't take that the wrong way," he said. "I'm ready to play Monday night. No trash talking. Me and Rex got a good relationship and everything. It's nothing like that."

Super Bowl team to be honored

As part of the 10-year anniversary of the team's Super Bowl championship, the Ravens will hold a reunion for members of that team Oct. 24 against the Buffalo Bills.

There will be a private reception for the players the night before the game. The members of the 2000 team will then be part of the game-day festivities.

The Ravens sent out invitiations through the mail and e-mail to the players Tuesday. The first one to respond that he would be returning was running back Jamal Lewis.

Only one player remains from the Ravens' Super Bowl team — linebacker Ray Lewis.

J. McClain not content with status as starter

As demonstrative as he has been about downplaying three consecutive starts at inside linebacker, Jameel McClain could finally rejoice in knowing that he is listed as a starter in the defense's 3-4 alignment.

But per his style, McClain, an undrafted rookie in 2008, was low-key about the promotion.

"It's definitely been a process, but at the end of the day, no journey is over until it's all said and done," he said. "Now my main objective is to go out there and show people that I can play this game at the highest level, that I'm not there by mistake. I put in the work, and now it's time for me to show people that I belong there."

End zone

Bryan McCann, the undrafted rookie cornerback who was claimed by the Ravens on Sunday a day after he was cut by the Dallas Cowboys, said he was shocked because the Ravens had not expressed an interest in him prior to the draft. "I hadn't heard a word from Baltimore," McCann recalled. "So I was definitely surprised when I got the call." … The team added cornerback David Pender, an undrafted rookie out of Purdue, to the practice squad.

edward.lee@baltsun.com

Baltimore Sun reporter Jamison Hensley contributed to this article.

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