Ravens' Lardarius Webb noncommittal on if he'll play in preseason

Ravens starting cornerback Lardarius Webb was noncommittal on whether he'll definitely play in any preseason games as he continues to recover from a lingering lower back injury.

The injury is muscular, and a magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed no structural damage to Webb's back. Webb hasn't practiced since July 25, the second day of training camp.


"I would love to play some preseason, but I've been through some injuries," said Webb, who has recovered from anterior cruciate ligament tears in both knees since entering the NFL. "I've been in the same position many times. I hate to say many times. We'll see."

Webb is out for at least half the preseason, but he hasn't been ruled out of playing in the third preseason game, coach John Harbaugh said.

Webb said he's relying on the advice of Harbaugh and head trainer Mark Smith to determine when he should return.

"I just want to make sure I'm right before I hit the field," Webb said. "They know what they're doing. [Mark Smith], I trust him. I trust the organization. I trust Harbs. They'll get me back whenever it's best for me to come back. ..

"I leave everything to Harbs. We really don't talk injuries. He talks injuries. I just tell you that I will be back soon."

Webb emphasized that he's improving.

"Yeah, feeling better," Webb said. "Just working it doing what they want me to do and just trying to get better. It's not easy being patient."

Meanwhile, tight end Dennis Pitta only practiced briefly Monday before taking off the rest of practice due to a minor sprained ankle.

"Feeling pretty good," Pitta said. "Just trying to make sure I'm staying healthy in the long term."