Cornerback Lardarius Webb Inactive vs. Bengals


The Ravens will be without one of their starting cornerbacks against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Cornerback Lardarius Webb has been scratched due to his back injury.

Webb missed almost the entire preseason after suffering the injury on the second day of training camp. He practiced fully all last week, but was still listed as questionable for Sunday's game.

With Webb out, the Ravens will likely start cornerback Chykie Brown outside.

Baltimore's other two previously injured cornerbacks, Jimmy Smith (chest) and Asa Jackson (ankle), are active and ready to play. Smith will likely match up against the Bengals' top threat, A.J. Green.

The Ravens do catch a break that the Bengals' No. 2 wide receiver, Marvin Jones, is out. Thus, Brown will be squaring off against Cincinnati's No. 3, likely Mohamed Sanu.

Without Webb, the Ravens only have three active cornerbacks: Smith, Brown and Jackson. Baltimore waived Derek Cox on Saturday.

If the Bengals go four- or five-wide, the Ravens will likely use a safety at cornerback. Matt Elam, rookie third-round pick Terrence Brooks and Anthony Levine can all play cornerback.

Baltimore's other scratches are wide receiver Michael Campanaro, inside linebacker Arthur Brown, guard John Urschel, tackle Jah Reid, wide receiver Deonte Thompson and running back Fitzgerald Toussaint.

That means the Ravens chose wide receiver Kamar Aiken over Campanaro and Thompson, likely because he offers more on special teams coverage. Baltimore chose undrafted rookie Zachary Orr over Brown and undrafted rookie tackle James Hurst over Reid.

Running back Bernard Pierce (concussion) was probable and will start in place of suspended starter Ray Rice.

Webb was the only Ravens player who was questionable. He moved well in warm-ups with Secondary Coach Steve Spagnuolo more than two hours before the game, but wasn't ready to play in his first game this season.

Other than Jones, the Bengals' other inactives are rookie first-round cornerback Darqueze Dennard, halfback Rex Burkhead, linebacker Sean Porter, guard/center T.J. Johnson, wide receiver James Wright and defensive end Will Clarke.

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