With starting cornerback Josh Wilson suffering what the Ravens called a shoulder stinger in the first quarter and not returning to the team's eventual 13-7 win against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, a familiar face got some extended playing time.
Fabian Washington, who lost his starting job to Wilson on Nov. 11 against the Atlanta Falcons, was the third cornerback on obvious passing downs. In those situations, Chris Carr moved into the slot, Lardarius Webb stood on the left side, and Washington manned Wilson's spot on the right side.
After watching Wilson injure his right shoulder while attempting to tackle Bengals tight end Chase Coffman after he caught a 5-yard pass late in the first quarter, Washington said he got the word from secondary coach Chuck Pagano to play. "During practice, our coaches do a good job of giving the backups enough reps to where we can get comfortable with the defense and know the game plan for Sunday," said Washington, who finished with two tackles. "And I stay on my film study. So I'm always prepared."
It's unclear whether Wilson will be able to play in the Ravens' Wildcard playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, but if he can't, Washington has the trust of his teammates.
"If you look at it, Fabian's started pretty much his whole career and started the majority of the season," Carr said. "Webb's been playing this whole entire year, so it really wasn't anything like somebody went in that hasn't been playing. We've all been playing, we're all experienced, we're all a very tight group. And so it was nothing new when Josh went down."
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