Posted on: July 26, 2010 7:59 pm
Two of Baltimore’s top three cornerbacks – Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb – are coming off ACL injuries. Washington is very optimistic about his health, saying his knee “is ready to play”. The sixth-year pro says he worked out at full speed over the summer with fellow corners Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Mike Jenkins. "Man, I plan on being full go," Washington chimed, according to the Baltimore Sun. "But of course, we're going to let the docs, [trainer] Bill T [Bill Tessendorf] and Coach Harbs [John Harbaugh] make the final decision."
Webb, a very intriguing third-round pick a year ago, is hopeful but less certain about his status. “I don’t know if I’m going to be on PUP or not. Hopefully, I’ll be playing. So I guess we’ll see tomorrow,” he said. He offered few details.
It stands to reason that Washington would be ahead of Webb in recovery. Washington tore his ACL in October; Webb tore his in December. Both players’ greatest asset is quickness, so there is no guarantee that they’ll be as effective in 2010 as they were in 2009.
The Ravens have always been a little less dependent on having stellar cornerback play than most defenses, though that could be the Ed Reed factor. Reed, however, is expected to miss the first six weeks of the season recovering from hip surgery. With Ken Hamlin filling in at centerfield, quarterbacks should be less reluctant to attack this defense deep. The Ravens signed veterans Walt Harris and Travis Fisher as insurance at cornerback, though if Washington and/or Webb is unavailable, coaches would likely turn to incumbent dime back Chris Carr first.
-- Andy Benoit
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Posted on: July 22, 2010 12:26 pm
More fantastic news out of Baltimore: Cary Williams, a Ravens cornerback, has been suspended for the first two games of the season without pay after violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
Williams' violation occurred while he was with the Tennessee Titans, and Ravens' GM Ozzie Newsome acknowledged that, 'We’ve been aware of this since before we signed Cary.'
His agent, Marc Lillibridge told Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times that Williams went through the full appeals process and that, "Although we’re disappointed we did not win the appeal, we respect the league office’s decision. Cary just wants to focus on the training camp with the Ravens and the remaining games in the regular season."
Wililams isn't considered a star in the secondary by any means, although Wilson does point out he's "drawn praise from the coaching staff during offseason minicamps."
The bigger issue is that the Ravens' secondary -- a primary concern heading into training camp , particularly with the health of Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb being a big issue -- is suddenly even weaker, especially with Ed Reed's situation not appearing to near any sort of resolution soon .
-- Will Brinson
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Posted on: June 17, 2010 10:29 am
Edited on: June 17, 2010 2:58 pm
Yesterday we wrote that the Ravens were likely to sign Walt Harris, Ken Lucas or Ken Hamlin. Hamlin is the best of the three, but Harris and Lucas are cornerbacks, which is a greater area of need in Baltimore.
Baltimore’s other starting corner is Domonique Foxworth. Chris Carr, a return man and finesse dime back, is also no the roster, as is journeyman Travis Fisher. If Harris or Lucas sign, they’ll likely have a key role in September.
UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Ravens have signed Ken Hamlin to a one-year contract.
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