Despite reports that cornerback Lardarius Webb could miss some time with a toe injury, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that he anticipates everybody who was able to play in the 24-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts to be available Sunday night against the San Diego Chargers.
“As far as injuries go, just like [Sunday] night, there’s nothing serious coming out of that game,” Harbaugh said. “We’ve got bumps and bruises. There may be some guys that we rest throughout the course of the week practice-wise, but we anticipate everybody that was playing last week health-wise to be healthy this week, and we’re hoping to add some guys. We’ll see. We’ve got guys like Ray [Lewis], Chris Carr off the top of my head.”
Asked specifically about Webb, Harbaugh said, “Lardarius played last week so you have that answer. But those other two guys (Lewis and Carr), we have a chance for this week. We’ll just have to see.”
Vinny Cerrato of 105.7 The FAN first reported today that Webb sustained a toe injury on Sunday that could affect his status going forward. Webb did noticeably limp to the sideline at one point during the game.
His potential absence could loom large Sunday against Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and his trio of big and physical pass catchers in wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Malcom Floyd and tight end Antonio Gates.
Webb, the former third-round pick who is in his first season as a full-time starter, has emerged as the Ravens’ top cornerback. He leads the team with four interceptions and he’s third on the Ravens with 63 total tackles.
If he was to miss some time, rookie Jimmy Smith would likely move up into a starting role.
As for the other Ravens’ injuries, Harbaugh said that he’s “very hopeful” that Lewis will be able to play Sunday. The middle linebacker has missed four consecutive games with a toe injury. The Ravens have targeting the Chargers game for his return, but Lewis hasn’t practiced at all in two weeks. Harbaugh did say that Lewis is “doing a good job” in trying to get back on the field.
Carr, the veteran cornerback whose role would also likely increase if Webb is out, has missed three consecutive games with a back injury.