NEW ORLEANS - The loss of Lardarius Webb to torn knee ligaments in October was a big one for the Ravens.
The good news? Even though Baltimore's top cornerback won't be playing in Sunday's Super Bowl, he says he's on pace for the start of next season.
"I am coming back next season and everything is great," Webb said Thursday. "I'm doing good (physically). I'm just working hard every day, going hard, grinding. It's not the easiest process, but hey, a little work don't hurt anyone."
It'd be understandable if Webb felt detached from his teammates or even jealous about the fact that he won't be able to play in the big game the first time the Ravens reached it in his four seasons.
But Webb seemed upbeat, saying he doesn't feel that way.
"I am part of it, I feel a part of it," he said. "I wish I could play, but I am happy for the guys. I am happy Joe Flacco could possibly win his first one. Ed Reed, Haloti Ngata, the guys who have been playing a while and never made it. That's why I am happy.
"You know, I am here after four years, and I will have another chance to make it in the near future with the team we have, with coaches we have and the organization we have. We will be back, or somewhere close to being back here. I will wait for the future, but we'll be back. Take advantage of the time we're here."