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Ravens' Lardarius Webb inactive vs. Bengals because of lower back injury

Ravens starting cornerback Lardarius Webb has been scratched for Sunday's season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals because of a lower back injury that sidelined him for the entire preseason.

Webb went to M&T Bank Stadium early Sunday to test out his back and the decision was made to keep him out this week, according to a source. Webb hasn't had any setbacks and is pain-free, and his long-term outlook is positive, the source said.

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Webb moved better during warmup drills conducted by secondary coach Steve Spagnuolo than he did during the week, displaying better mobility and flexibility when reacting to low throws.

Webb practiced all week and was listed as a full participant on the injury report, but he was questionable on the final report of the week Friday. He declined interview requests.

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With the Ravens cutting cornerback Derek Cox on Saturday and replacing him with running back Fitzgerald Toussaint on the active roster after promoting the rookie from the practice squad, the Ravens' only pure cornerbacks active Sunday are Jimmy Smith, Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson. That could leave them vulnerable against Bengals All-Pro wide receiver A.J. Green.

The Ravens have safeties who can play cornerback in a pinch, including rookie Terrence Brooks and Anthony Levine.

The Ravens also deactivated rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro (River Hill), 2013 second-round linebacker Arthur Brown, who's healthy, offensive linemen John Urschel and Jah Reid, wide receiver Deonte Thompson and Toussaint.

Meanwhile, two-time Pro Bowl tight end Owen Daniels is active after a long period of inactivity during the preseason because of a hamstring problem.

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Daniels emphasized Friday that he feels fine.

"I had a great week of practice, felt good out there," Daniels said. "Personally, I felt really good."

Daniels said that too much was made out of his leg issues, and he said he's completely recovered from the broken leg that forced him onto injured reserve last season.

"Oh yeah, people can worry and be concerned and that's their job," Daniels said. "I've been doing this a long time and I know how it feels when I'm ready. I feel great now. For sure, there's not a lot of tread off the tire. I definitely have a lot left to give."

The Bengals scratched cornerback Darqueze Dennard (hip), running back Rex Burkhead (knee), wide receiver Marvin Jones (foot), linebacker Sean Porter (hamstring), wide receiver James Wright (concussion), center-guard T.J. Johnson and defensive end Will Clarke.

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