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What should we expect from Webb?

As expected, Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb will make his much-anticipated return from a torn ACL this afternoon against the Bengals. Webb hasn't played in a game since last December, when his promising rookie season was cut short by the devastating knee injury suffered in a win over the Bears.

So what should we expect today from Webb, seen by some as a potential savior for the Ravens secondary?

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Well, not much. In this critical AFC North showdown, they can't afford to allow Webb to get victimized as he gets comfortable out there. More importantly, they can't afford to rush him back with a big workload, putting him as risk for a setback. They need a healthy Webb in December and beyond much more than they need him in the middle of September.

The Ravens will roll with Chris Carr and Fabian Washington, who also returned from a torn ACL recently, in the starting lineup and should ease Webb back into game action. Josh Wilson has had another week to learn the defense, so he'll see an increased workload. And the Ravens are comfortable using safety Haruki Nakamura as a nickel cornerback, too.

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I'll set the over/under on the number of snaps Webb play at 12.5. Webb, a true team player, said he doesn't care about how much he plays, though. He just wants to get out on the field and work the kinks out.

"I haven't thought about it like that," Webb told reporters on Friday. "To me, I'd like to get the jitters out of the way, just get a snap or something to get used to being on the field again."

Webb is talented and has a lot of promise, but we have to keep our expectations low when it comes to his performance in 2010, especially in the early stages of the season. He's going to be a good player in this league, but it will take some time for the lingering effects of his torn ACL to disappear.

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