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Lardarius Webb upset to miss opener, noncommittal on status for Steelers game

Inside the locker room late Sunday afternoon, starting cornerback Lardarius Webb was packing up his belongings after being sidelined due to a lower back injury for the Ravens' season-opening defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Webb missed the preseason with the injury, which surfaced in late July after undergoing sports hernia surgery shortly following the end of last season. Webb was noncommittal on whether he'll return Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Webb was held out of the Ravens' 23-16 loss as a game-time decision after he participated fully in practice last week and was listed as questionable on the injury report. Webb was upset about missing the game, but said the decision lies with coach John Harbaugh .

"Yeah, I'm hoping to be out there as soon as I can," Webb said. "Just waiting on Harbs and the coaches to feel like I'm ready to go. Whenever they're ready to put me out there, I'll be ready to go. I'm kind of just waiting on the call.

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"No setbacks, I'm just waiting on Harbs. Harbs makes the big decisions around here. I leave it in his hands. I miss it out there."

When Harbaugh was asked about Webb's status, he declined to go into details.

"I'm not going to get into all of that," Harbaugh said. "It's really not important. It's not information I really want out there. It wouldn't do us any good to explain all that."

Webb had problems bending over during drills to catch throws during the week, but had improved flexibility and movement before the game Sunday while catching passes from secondary coach Steve Spagnuolo.

Webb, 28, is the Ravens' most experienced cornerback and one of the best tacklers on the defense. In his sixth NFL season, Webb has recorded 263 career tackles, 10 interceptions and two forced fumbles. He had 74 tackles, 22 pass deflections and two interceptions last season.

Without having Webb in the lineup, the Ravens allowed 301 passing yards. That included a 77-yard game-winning touchdown pass to All-Pro wide receiver A.J. Green behind cornerback Chykie Brown.

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