Jackson, Webb, Smith Will Not Play vs. Redskins

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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.

 

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2 Raves on “Jackson, Webb, Smith Will Not Play vs. Redskins

  1. CrabbyPatty on said:

    My opinion? All three backs will be ready for week 1 and I’m not terribly worried about Asa missing preseason, although some actual reps could help him, he’ll come along. Defense will come on strong week one. It’s only preseason, I for one am not going to start actually worrying until the games actually count.

    • HP on said:

      Agree. Webb & Smith do not need preseason game reps. Asa probably does – but not worth the risk of putting him out there. I’d rather have those two health as possible in Week One when we have to face AJ Green and Antonio Brown in the span of 5 days.

      I’d let Tramaine Jacobs, Chykie Brown and Dominque Franks get out there with those first team Redskins receivers and let them show what they can do with extended viewing. It would be great if one of them stepped up and separated themselves.

      I still think it would have been worth a flyer to bring Assante Samuel into camp and see if he has any gas in the tank.

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