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Webb working on punt returns

Having finally returned last Sunday from knee surgery and a long rehabilitation, Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb worked with the punt return unit in practice this week. It was the first step in returning the second-year player to his rookie role on special teams.

"Like all players that come off an injury that he's coming off, he's growing every day in his practice," special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said. "Just like on defense, too. They're using him more and more each week, and we anticipate doing the same thing with special teams. He's going to grow back into that role that he had previously."

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Through the first two games of the season, Tom Zbikowski had returned nine punts for the Ravens for a 4-yard average. The difference between Webb and Zbikowski?

"With Lardarius being a corner versus Zibby being a safety, just their skill-set is different," Rosburg said. "And that's why one plays safety and one plays corner. So what Lardarius would bring would be change of direction and top-end speed. What Zibby brings is his ability to go north and south and break a tackle and hopefully good decision-making."

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Rosburg appraised Zbikowski's returns in Cincinnati this way: "Zibby had a better week last week. He had a real good 20-yarder that he ran straight up the field, and had some positive yards on another return. I believe it was about 8 yards. There wasn't much there, and he made it vertical. And then the last one wasn't so pretty, where he reversed field and tried to out-run the defense, and that wasn't happening."

After the reversal, Rosburg spoke with Zbikowski on the sideline and told him "don't reverse field and run wide and try to out-run everybody. ... That's not what we want him to do and he knows it, so we'll try to avoid doing that in the future."

Rosburg also said the team was working newly-acquired cornerback Josh Wilson into the return game as well. Asked how soon that might happen, Rosburg said: "It depends on how you see things in practice, it depends on how the game is going, it depends on availability of other players. ... But Josh has been practicing very well. He's been back there returning for us in our special teams practice, so when the time comes, we'll all know at that time."

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