Lardarius Webb's Mission Is To Stay Healthy

Cornerback Lardarius Webb was the Ravens' Ed Block Courage Award honoree at Monday night's gala in Baltimore. 

Webb earned the distinction for showing mental and physical toughness in coming back from two torn ACL's, among other injuries.

While that's all well and nice, Webb would much rather not be getting any more kudos for rehabilitation. His top goal is to stay on the field.

"I just want to be healthy going into the season," Webb said.

"I don't want to be healthy going into OTAs. I don't want to be healthy going into training camp. I need to be healthy Week 1. That's when my team is going to need me. That's what's important now."

Webb has had his best years when he hasn't had to rehab during the previous offseason.

Webb's strong rookie season ended early with his first ACL tear. That left him working back slowly, and missing the season opener in 2010. He played in 15 games that year, but didn't start any.

Webb had his finest season the next year, in 2011, when he was fully recovered. He played in all 16 games (15 starts), made 54 tackles, defensed 20 passes and intercepted five passes. He finished the season ranked as the fourth-best cornerback in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus, with a plus-16.8 grade.

Webb started the next season strong, but suffered his second torn ACL six games into the season. That knocked him out for the rest of the year and left him once again rehabilitating during the offseason.

Webb started all 16 games in 2013, and showed some of his previous form with 74 tackles, 22 passes defensed and two interceptions, putting him into PFF's Top 20 corners.

Then last year, he injured his back and groin on the first day of training camp. That knocked him out for the rest of camp, the preseason and essentially the first four games of the regular season (he played four snaps in Week 3, but sat out the following game).

Webb got stronger as the year went on, but even he has admitted it wasn't his best performance.

Now the Ravens need more from him, especially with fellow starting cornerback Jimmy Smith recovering from a season-ending foot injury and the secondary needing better results than last year.

"I'm just doing the things to keep me healthy and maintain my body so I can last a full season," Webb said.

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