Webb 'still working out the kinks'

September 16, 2010|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

News that Lardarius Webb had been removed from the Ravens' injury report Wednesday had filtered down to nearly everybody — except for the cornerback himself.

And as informative as that omission from the injury report is, Webb said Thursday that it still doesn't alter his wait-and-see status for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

"It doesn't change anything for me," he said. "I'm still trying to get healthy. I guess we'll know when I'm back, when I hit that field. Right now, I'm just still working out the kinks."

Webb, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Dec. 20, had been listed as probable last week, but he was deactivated minutes before the team's 10-9 season-opening victory over the New York Jets Monday night.

Webb has emphasized that his return will be a joint decision between he, coach John Harbaugh and trainer Bill Tessendorf. Until then, his approach is the same.

"I just prepare every week like I'm playing," Webb said. "If I'm not feeling that well to play that day, then I'm not playing. But I always prepare to play even if I'm not physically able to. I'll be ready."

Harbaugh, who was unavailable for comment Thursday, had said Wednesday that the team will continue to think long-term with regards to Webb.

Fellow cornerback Fabian Washington seemed excited about the prospect of Webb's return.

"Tremendously," Washington said when asked how much Webb could help the secondary. "You've seen him play last year. When he's healthy, he's a damn good corner."

Webb started four games at cornerback after Washington tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Nov. 22. But Harbaugh said Tuesday that Webb could rotate with safeties Haruki Nakamura and Ken Hamlin and line up in the slot with Washington and Carr playing the corners.

Webb said he had no opposition to either role.

"It's all on John, whatever he has for me," he said. "I think he knows what's best for me, so I'll leave it up to him."

Reed getting anxious

One week into his six-week stay on the physically-unable-to-perform list, free safety Ed Reed is getting antsy. Reed said Thursday that he called the NFL Players Association last week in an attempt to reduce his mandatory six-week inactive stint.

"I thought I could have got it reduced," said Reed, who is recovering from offseason hip surgery and won't be allowed to play before the Oct. 24 game against the Bills. "Maybe I should've called [commissioner Roger] Goodell. It's all in the game. You've got to abide by the rules and all I can do is take advantage of this time, and I know these guys are going to do their jobs."

Reed said he remains on schedule to return in late October.

"I was scheduling myself to be back the first game," he said. "As an organization, as a player … we thought the best thing would be to give it a couple more weeks. We didn't know how many weeks it was going to take for me to get fully back, even after this six weeks. But, like coach said, it's going to be hard to hold me back these next couple weeks.

"I think it's been getting better. I'm working hard, doing a lot of work with trainers here, my doctor. I'm just keeping that dialog up, [to] make sure they're communicating and I'm doing everything I possibly can."

Gaither still in holding pattern

Although he has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the AFC North reigning champion Cincinnati Bengals, Jared Gaither is continuing his rehabilitation to return to the Ravens lineup.

"I'm just getting ready and making sure that I'm sharp and focused and into the games," the offensive tackle said.

Initially slated to line up as the team's starting right tackle, Gaither hasn't practiced since Aug. 5 when he sustained back spasms. Later, Gaither said he was diagnosed with a thoracic disk injury injury that contributed to the spasms.

Gaither said he's making progress in his recovery, but he dodged a query about whether he is still experiencing pain in his back.

"I'm feeling pretty good," he said. "Right now, it's enough that I'm fighting through it as much as I can."

Koch's tackling skills on display

One factor in the Ravens' win against New York Jets that doesn't get much attention is the touchdown-saving tackle punter Sam Koch made in the second quarter.

Koch's open-field takedown of former Ravens and current Jets punt returner Jim Leonhard was significant because Koch was the only obstacle between Leonhard and the end zone.

Koch, however, downplayed that play, saying, "I just knew I had to tackle him. There wasn't that much more to it. I saw him come through, so I figured I'd make the tackle."

Heap practices; J.Johnson does not

Outside linebacker Jarret Johnson did not practice Thursday. He was limited Wednesday by a back injury.

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