The Ravens are encouraged about the medical outlook for cornerback Lardarius Webb and inside linebacker Jameel McClain, forecasting that both defensive starters could possibly be back by training camp.
Webb is coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee suffered last October against the Dallas Cowboys. McClain is still recovering from a spinal cord contusion sustained against the Washington Redskins last December that ended his season.
"Lardarius is on schedule, maybe a little ahead of schedule," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He looks really good. He should be ready to roll by training camp it looks like. We're going to make sure we don't have a setback, that's the most important thing. With Jameel, it's the same way."
Webb told The Baltimore Sun last week that his prognosis is good and that he's going to be patient in his rehabilitation.
"I'm taking my time and I'm working hard," Webb said. "It's going really well. I've stayed positive throughout this whole process. I'm going to be Lardarius Webb out there. I'm going to have the same heart I've always played with. I'm going to do all my part.
"I like being in this situation. I'm coming off a little adversity, but it just puts a chip on my shoulder. It's about determination and how bad I want to get back on that field. I missed out last season and I was there for the ride, but I want to go to the Super Bowl again. The Lord won't put me through anything I can't handle. I take everything in stride."
Although the injury didn't require surgery, it has prevented McClain from being cleared medically yet with rest and strengthening expected to eventally get him back on the field. The severity and location of the injury initially created doubt on his future.
McClain is going to Los Angeles for a week to work out with a special trainer.
And Harbaugh is guardedly optimistic about McClain's prospects of regaining his health and getting back on the field, where he was a starter the past few seasons.
"That will be important for him," Harbaugh said. "But it's just the healing process There's a certain type of a bruise that happens that caused his issue, but it's going away, on schedule. We don't know for sure, but I'm approaching it as if Jameel is going to be out there."
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