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Ravens notebook: Webb, Yanda make preseason debuts

BALTIMORE - Neither Lardarius Webb or Marshal Yanda had any highlight-reel-type plays, but Thursday was another positive step for both as they continue to work towards being ready for the Ravens' regular season opener against the Denver Broncos Sept. 5.
Webb and Yanda both saw their first action of the preseason during Thursday's game against the Carolina Panthers.
Webb, the Ravens' top cornerback, was playing for the first time since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in October. Baltimore has progressively increased Webb's workload in practice throughout the summer, and Webb served as the Ravens' nickel back for the duration of the first half Thursday.
He was on the field for about 15 plays.
"It felt great just to be out there with the guys and have that game feeling," Webb said. "Just to be back on the field, it felt good to the heart."
Carolina quarterback Cam Newton completed three of the four passes he threw in Webb's direction, but all three were for modest gains, and Webb did have a diving deflection to bat away the other pass thrown his way.
"I thought he moved well and looked good," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of Webb. "He played well, so that was good to see."
Yanda, a Pro Bowl right guard, was on the field for Baltimore's first three offensive series.
He missed all of the spring and the beginning part of the summer as he worked back from offseason shoulder surgery, but he returned to practice two weeks ago and, like Webb, has seen a progressively increasing workload throughout the summer.
"Marshal, from what I could tell, did well," Harbaugh said. "It's hard to see him from where I'm at, but it seemed like he was solid when he was in there."
Actually, on the first play Yanda and the offense were on the field for Thursday, Yanda had the key block on a 13-yard run by running back Ray Rice.
"I felt good," Yanda said. "Right away, I felt pretty strong, and I haven't felt like that in a long time. ... Physical-wise, I feel good, so I'm excited."
The expectation has been that Webb and Yanda will both be available for the season opener against Denver, and Thursday did little (if anything) to change that expectation.
SEEING ACTION: Webb and Yanda were the two primary ones, but outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil and defensive lineman Marcus Spears were other question marks health-wise that played Thursday night.
Dumervil suffered a minor groin injury against the Atlanta Falcons last week, but he returned to practice earlier this week.
Spears also returned to practice this week after a hamstring injury had sidelined him for about a week.
INACTIVES: The only player that could classify as a surprise among Baltimore's inactives Thursday was outside linebacker Pernell McPhee, although missed practice Tuesday with an undisclosed injury.
The Ravens' other inactives were tight ends Ed Dickson (hamstring) and Dennis Pitta (hip), linebacker Jameel McClain (spinal cord), wide receiver Deonte Thompson (foot), center Ryan Jensen (foot), defensive lineman Kapron Lewis-Moore (knee) and newly-acquired running back Delone Carter.