By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
4:41 PM EDT, September 1, 2013
Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb made a healthy return in the third preseason game, suffering no setbacks to his surgically repaired left knee.
After tearing his anterior cruciate ligament last October against the Dallas Cowboys, Webb is expected to play against the Denver Broncos in the season opener Thursday.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh was extremely upbeat about the progress made by the $50 million cornerback, proclaiming him prepared for the first game.
"Lardarius has done a great job," Harbaugh said Sunday. "Lardarius is ready to go. He looks good. He looks good. He's practiced well, he's played well.
"I just think the guy is amazing in everything he's done. I love him to death. Nobody works harder. He's been great, and he's going to play really well."
Webb tackled crisply against the Carolina Panthers, playing extensively in a preseason loss in which he didn't display any hesitancy while backpedaling, planting and cutting.
Perhaps engaging in gamesmanship, Webb was noncommittal on what he'll specifically be doing against Denver.
"I feel all right," Webb said. "Yeah, I'm going to leave it up to them, see how that feels. Haven't made a decision yet on how things are going to be, but I'm looking forward to it.
"I'm just practicing hard, waiting for Harbs to give me the go. Yeah, things are good. Still they just want to be careful to be cautious. I'm going to leave it up to them."