By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
10:36 AM EDT, October 18, 2012
Corey Graham got his wish, just not the way he wanted it to happen.
Limited to seven defensive snaps heading into Sunday's 31-29 win over the Dallas Cowboys, the Ravens' Pro Bowl special-teams ace is now the nickel back following Lardarius Webb's season-ending knee injury.
Against the Cowboys, Graham's playing time on defense increased to 32 snaps of 36 percent of the defensive plays. He recorded one tackle.
Going forward, he'll play a lot more on defense as well as maintaining his special-teams mainstay role.
"I'm happy that I'm going to get the opportunity to play a little bit more," Graham said. "That was one of the reasons I came here, to get the opportunity to play more. But being in this situation [stinks]. It's not how I wanted it to happen. I wanted to get the opportunity to play with Webb.
"It's very unfortunate. Lardarius is a great guy, great player for us. He does a lot for us. It's heartbreaking to see this happen, especially since he's had a previous injury of this nature. It's a tough game sometimes and it really sucks when you see stuff like this happen."
Graham intercepted a career-high three passes last season for the Bears and signed a two-year, $3.7 million contract with the Ravens with the goal of playing more on defense.
Now, he'll get definitely get his chance.
However, Graham wasn't entirely pleased with how he played against the Cowboys.
"It was all right," he said. "I gave up one catch and you never want to give up any catches."