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Lardarius Webb, Marshal Yanda Have Chance To Play Thursday

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Webb and Yanda are on track for the regular season but could use some preseason game experience.

Lardarius Webb, as well as Marshal Yanda, could play this Thursday against Carolina.
Lardarius Webb, as well as Marshal Yanda, could play this Thursday against Carolina.
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The Ravens haven't rushed back Lardarius Webb or Marshal Yanda in the least.

Webb, who tore his ACL in Week 6 last season, has been brought along slowly through training camp. He has been limited with 11-on-11 opportunities to limit the potential for contact in drills. The last thing Baltimore wants is a setback.

Even so, there could be a chance that Webb plays in Thursday's preseason game against Carolina.

"We'll have to make that decision probably the day before the game," coach John Harbaugh told reporters after Sunday's practice at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Md. "He looks pretty good out here right now, so I might leave a little bit of that up to him and the doctor's obviously. It would be nice to get him the work before we tee it up for real."

Yanda had offseason rotator cuff surgery, something the Ravens want to make sure is completely healed by the season-opener against Denver. Like Webb, the coaching staff will have to make a decision on whether Yanda can play in Thursday's preseason game. Webb and Yanda are on track for the regular season but could use some preseason game experience.

"Yanda would be in the same situation as Webb," Harbaugh said. "I think there's a good chance that both of those guys could play, but I don't want to say anything until we feel better about it and we get through a couple more days of practice. But it would be nice to get those guys out there."

Both are projected to be ready by Week 1, due to the schedule and rehab process the two have been on. Even so, not much can substitute for preseason game experience when trying to tune up for the regular season.

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