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Ravens 'absolutely' concerned about Lardarius Webb's health

Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb talks to the media during mandatory minicamp.
Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb talks to the media during mandatory minicamp. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Because of injuries, Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb hasn't played in a preseason game since Aug. 22, 2013, more than two years ago. Now dealing with a hamstring injury, Webb seems unlikely to play in Saturday's game against the Washington Redskins.

Defensive coordinator Dean Pees acknowledged Monday that Webb's status is "absolutely" a concern.

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"It's not his fault," Pees said. "He's trying to do what he can to get ready to go, but it's certainly a concern. I'd be fooling you telling you ... I didn't think it was a concern."

Webb hasn't taken part in a practice since Aug. 11, when he participated in a glorified walkthrough.  The Ravens trust that the seven-year veteran knows what it will take to be ready for the season, but his latest injury conjures bad memories from last year, when Webb essentially missed all of training camp with a nerve injury in his back and struggled for much of the regular season.

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Webb would miss his eighth consecutive preseason game if he can't play Saturday. His absence would be compounded if fellow cornerbacks Rashaan Melvin and Tramain Jacobs, who both missed Tuesday's practice with undisclosed injuries, are also unable to play Saturday.

"I want the guys out there practicing so we can see where they are, know where they are, the conditioning thing, all those kinds of things," Pees said. "Yeah, it's a concern. I hope we still kind of get him out here in the next week or so. At this point, I wish he was out here, absolutely."

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