It’s been a long road towards recovery, and Lardarius Webb isn’t there yet, but being activated off the Physically Unable to Perform list today was a major step in the right direction for a guy who tore the ACL in his right knee eight months ago.
Today, Webb was out practicing with his teammates, and while he was limited to individual drills, the second-year cornerback was thrilled to put on a helmet and move around a bit.
“It was fun,” Webb said. “Glad to be out with my teammates. They welcomed me back fine and dandy. It was great.”
The Ravens will continue to take it slow with Webb, who won’t be cleared for full-contact drills for a little while.
But after entering training camp with both Webb and Fabian Washington on PUP with ACL tears, the Ravens are finally starting to get healthy at cornerback, which had head coach John Harbaugh smiling after today’s practice.
“My thoughts are all good thoughts about Lardarius being out there,” Harbaugh said. “He went through individual, looked good moving around. I know he’s excited to be out.”
Webb has been very cautious with his own rehab, opting to continue with his individual drills during training camp instead of rush back onto the practice fields.
The Ravens will have Webb follow the same path that Washington did in terms of easing him back into full practices. As for when Webb can realistically be able to play in a game, Harbaugh said it’s too early to tell.
“You’d love to [get him some preseason action], because if he was out there doing it, you’d know he was ready,” Harbaugh said. “But we’re not going to push it. We’re not going to do anything early so we’re completely, as much as you can be, sure that there won’t be a setback.”
The regular season opener against the Jets is still a possibility, but Harbaugh said that even for the team’s doctors, predicting when Webb will truly be 100 percent is “just impossible to put a number on.”
Asked about his expectations for the 2010 season, Webb shied away from a timetable for a return, and spoke in more general terms.
“My expectations are to get through this whole season healthy and to help my team win a championship,” he said. “Play my role - if that’s cheering them on from the sideline, if that’s being a starting corner or starting nickel, hey, I could be a coach. It don’t matter.
“Just want to be a part of this team this year, so I’m doing everything to get back with these guys.”