Although coach John Harbaugh has said that he is "not anticipating" the return of cornerback Lardarius Webb to the team's season opener against the New York Jets Monday night, defensive coordinator Greg Mattison said Friday that he wouldn't rule Webb out just yet.
"I was watching practice yesterday and they [members of the scout team] had these yellow shirts on out there and I kept looking at the new guys," Mattison said. "You can't see their faces, and this guy with dreads kept making plays. Honestly, I walked over to John and I was sitting there watching this and I said, 'I wonder who this guy is.' Then I said, 'Oh, that's Lardarius.' He's a lot closer. He's worked extremely hard, and another tribute to [secondary coach] Chuck [Pagano], he's worked really hard with him after practice on some of the things he has to work on to catch up, and we're excited about him coming back."
Webb, who hasn't played in a game since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Dec. 20, has said that the decision to play rests with Harbaugh and trainer Bill Tessendorf.
"I don't know," Webb said Wednesday of his estimation on the health of his knee. "I'm just going this week and pushing it as hard as I can go and just see where I'm at."