Say what you will but the injuries or setbacks involving the Ravens cornerbacks certainly do raise an eyebrow as the NFL regular season inches closer everyday.
While two out of the three corners are veterans and have valuable experience one can only get from suiting up year after year, season after season, there is still something to be said about live reps against opposing receivers.
On Thursday head coach John Harbaugh announced Jimmy Smith (chest), Lardarius Webb (back) and Asa Jackson (ankle) will all miss Saturday’s contest against Washington in the teams final home preseason game.
While Harbs did acknowledge that Smith could play if it was a regular season game, he is opting on the side of caution given the condition of his group of cornerbacks.
“I’m not planning on playing him this game,” Harbaugh said after practice. “He probably could play for the regular season.”
For Webb the story is the same as it has been and one Harbaugh addressed earlier in the preseason saying that it would be doubtful that the former Nicholls State corner would see any action due to a back injury he suffered early on in camp. Basically being shelved until the bullets are live against the Bengals in week one, Webb will have to rely on his veteran experience to get himself ready.
Asa Jackson is a completely different story. After staking his claim of the vacant third corner position over a struggling Chykie Brown, Jackson suffered a right ankle injury during practice that has caused him to miss valuable reps in the preseason. If Jackson doesn’t see the practice field or action in the final preseason game of the year, he will have a bulls-eye on his chest as the Bengals will attack him all day long.
As we all know by now, John Harbaugh is a man of mystery when it comes to divulging any information about injuries. Could the coach be hiding something from us?
Maybe, but it’s doubtful. For now time is on their side for a week one return, but it’s ticking away with each passing day.