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Ravens scratch Lardarius Webb for second consecutive game with back injury

For the second consecutive game, Ravens starting cornerback Lardarius Webb was scratched because of a lingering lower back injury.

Although Webb was closer to playing this week after increasing his mobility and flexibility, the Ravens want Webb to be 100 percent before they put him into a game situation. Webb missed the entire preseason because of the injury that he suffered during the second day of training camp.


The Ravens don't play another game until Sept. 21, when they face the Cleveland Browns, and the team is optimistic that Webb can make his season debut for that road game.

Webb was listed as questionable on the weekly injury report.


The Ravens are starting Chykie Brown in place of Webb. Brown was beaten for the game-winning touchdown by Cincinnati Bengals All-Pro wide receiver A.J. Green on Sunday.

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The Ravens also scratched wide receivers Michael Campanaro (River Hill) and Deonte Thompson, offensive linemen John Urschel and Jah Reid, defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi and 2013 second-round linebacker Arthur Brown.

Webb had 74 tackles and two interceptions last season, his first back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in 2012 while covering Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant.

Webb underwent sports hernia surgery after last season, and he has experienced issues with his abdomen and hip flexors.

Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda is active after being listed as probable with a foot injury. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Yanda just has a blister.

As for the Steelers, they deactivated quarterback Landry Jones, wide receivers Martavis Bryant (shoulder) and Lance Moore (groin), running back Dri Archer (ankle, knee), offensive lineman Wesley Johnson, guard Chris Hubbard and defensive lineman Daniel McCullers.