Dean Pees 'Absolutely Concerned' About Lardarius Webb's Absence


Heading into this year's training camp, both the Ravens and cornerback Lardarius Webb were encouraged by the fact that the veteran wasn't coming off an injury for the first time in three years.

Finally, Webb was healthy and poised to potentially return to the top form he displayed in 2011, the year before Baltimore signed him to a five-year contract extension.

The optimism took a hit when Webb reported to training camp and failed his conditioning test. He passed the next day, but even Webb admitted it wasn't a good look.

Then, on Aug. 10, Webb suffered a hamstring injury when rookie wide receiver Darren Waller took the veteran cornerback deep. Webb couldn't play in the preseason opener on Aug. 13, but returned the next day and "aggravated it a little," according to Head Coach John Harbaugh.

Webb has now missed both preseason games and eight straight practices, and Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees is "absolutely" concerned.

"It's not his fault, he's trying to do what he can to rehab and get ready to go," Pees said. "But it's certainly a concern. I'd be fooling you to tell you if I didn't think it was a concern."

Webb hasn't played in a preseason game since Aug. 22, 2013. Last year, he missed all four preseason games, then essentially the first four regular-season contests, due to a back and groin injury.

It slowed Webb's start to the season, in which he finished with 46 tackles, eight passes defensed and one interception. Webb said he wasn't physically totally back until late in the year, when he started to play better.

There's been no indication that Webb's injury will delay his start to the regular season, as Harbaugh said a week ago that Webb's "nursing and working it and trying to get it right."

Pees wants to see Webb get on the field before Saturday's third preseason game against the Washington Redskins.

"I want guys out there practicing so we can see where they are and know where they are, and the conditioning thing and all those kinds of things," Pees said. "Yeah, it's a concern. I hope we still get [Webb] out here in the next week or so. At this point I wish he was out there, absolutely."

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