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Lardarius Webb expected to miss half of preseason with back injury

Ravens starting cornerback Lardarius Webb is expected to miss at least half the preseason with a lower back injury.

Webb has been sidelined since experiencing back spasms during the second day of practice. The Ravens are holding out some hope that Webb, who had offseason sports hernia surgery, could be back by the third preseason game.

"He's has some things going on in there that aren't long-term things," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "I'm not going to give you the exact diagnosis of it, but it's probably as much as me as anything. This early part of camp, I just don't want to put him through this on his back. He's had sports hernia surgery also. There's still some scar tissue in there.

"I would just rather keep him out of this first part of training camp, and we'll just see how it feels more toward the end of camp. He probably won't play in the first two preseason games. Maybe he'll play in the third one, maybe not. It's not that important to him. I want to get him right."

Tests revealed no structural damage to Webb's back and confirmed that it's a muscular injury, according to sources.

"I'm feeling better," Webb told The Baltimore Sun on Friday. "Just taking a little time off to get my body right. It's nothing major, man."

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