Lardarius Webb Injury Hurts Baltimore Ravens' Playoff Hopes

Brittany JacobsCorrespondent IDecember 22, 2009

BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 29:  Lardarius Webb #21 of the Baltimore Ravens returns a kickoff against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium on November 29, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Steelers 20-17. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Rookie cornerback Lardarius Webb will be out for the remainder of the season. 

Webb, who was originally a replacement for injured Fabian Washington, tore his right ACL in Sunday's victory over the Bears.

Once in a starting role, the rookie became an immediate impact player.

"He played so well," said Ravens' coach Jim Harbaugh, "He's made a big impact on our team, and the guys really respect him and like him. We're going to miss him."

Chris Carr will likely replace Webb at the cornerback position. Although there is talk of going outside of the organization and bringing back Chris McAlisterwho the Ravens released this past offseason.

The important thing for the Ravens is to bring in someone who will help defend the passing game Sunday against Pittsburgh. With Big Ben back in the action, the Steelers will be looking to use their passing options—which they have favored all season. Against the Packers this past weekend, Roethlisberger threw for 503 yards and they will be looking to come up big against the Ravens as they fight to stay alive in the play-off run.

Despite his size, Lardarius Webb was able to cover all of the receivers that he came up against. This allowed the rest of the defense to blitz without having to worry about double covering. Without him the Raven's will need a little cushion.

The best bet for the Ravens' to win this game is to hope for another snow storm. This would force the Steelers to revert back to their running game and would prevent the long ball pressure on a weakened end defense.

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We know that the Ravens' run game is capable with Ray Rice at the helm. 

So Ravens fans, do a snow dance and pray that we can keep this game on the ground.

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