Lardarius Webb will miss at least the first two preseason games for the Ravens with back problems, via CSN Baltimore.
“He’s just got some things going on in there that aren’t long-term things,” Harbaugh said after Saturday’s practice. “I’m not going to get into giving you the exact diagnosis. This early part of camp, I just don’t want to put him through this. He had sports hernia surgery also. There’s some scar tissue in there. I just would rather keep him out of this first part of training camp.
“He probably won’t play the first two preseason games, maybe he’ll play the third one maybe not. It’s really not that important. I want to get him right.”
Webb, 28, has played five seasons for the Ravens, but the veteran has not yet practiced with the team since last week. He’s not in any danger of losing his starting position, and thus the silver lining is that his absence allows ample looks at the other cornerbacks competing for the nickel role. Those corners include Chykie Brown, Asa Jackson and Dominique Franks.
There’s no reason for panic, but back injuries have a tendency to nag longer than expected. The Ravens don’t want him to return too early, only to lose him again soon after. If the situation worsens and he doesn’t see any preseason time, the Ravens will be struggling to put together a viable secondary. Webb could be a necessary ingredient if the Ravens plan on winning the wide-open AFC North. His return is vital.