Sporting a protective walking boot on his injured foot, Lardarius Webb met with reporters today to give the latest update on his status as the Ravens prepare to take on the Chargers come Sunday night.
After saying last night that he plans on playing Sunday despite suffering turf toe last week, Webb seemed to acknowledge today that there’s at least a chance he has to sit out the primetime battle against San Diego.
“I hope not. I’m doing everything I can do to get back on the field, Webb said. “I’m going to treatment right now. I hope not. I don’t want to. It would hurt me if I’m on the sidelines and somebody else is playing. The last time I did that was my rookie year when I had an ACL and I couldn’t get back on the field. This isn’t an ACL. It’s really going to take a lot to keep me off the field right now.”
Webb said he continues to feel better as time goes on, and cautioned reporters not to read too much into the walking boot on his foot.
“A little precautionary thing,” he said. “I want to take it day by day, take care of a little soreness while I can.”
If Webb can’t play Sunday, rookie cornerback Jimmy Smith would likely start in his place.
“I know Jimmy is going to do great,” Webb said. “We’ve done a great job of preparing him up to now. He’s an NFL cornerback. He knows what he has to do. He’ll have to do the preparation. So far, he’s doing well.”
The Ravens have had issues with turf toe this season, as left guard Ben Grubbs and linebacker Ray Lewis have both missed significant time due to the injury.
Webb says he isn’t concerned about the Ravens’ previous cases of turf toe, and is focused on doing what he can to return as soon as possible.
“I can’t worry about it,” he said. “All I can do is all the treatment I can. I hope I don’t have to be out like those guys.”