Baltimore Ravens Training Camp: Cornerback Core Getting Healthier

Old AccountSenior Writer IAugust 19, 2010

Lardarius Webb is working extra hard in camp to be ready for week one of the regular season.
Lardarius Webb is working extra hard in camp to be ready for week one of the regular season.Larry French/Getty Images

The Baltimore Ravens training camp continues to get heated every day. With three weeks until the Monday night opener against the New York Jets, pressure is rising on both sides of the ball.

Roster cuts and position battles are in full force right now, as Head Coach John Harbaugh sits back and watches it all unfold.

The talk of camp the past few weeks have been the issue of the secondary. The loss of Domonique Foxworth and Ed Reed has forced many of the young player step up their game.

KJ Gerard is continuing to impress at camp, while veterans Travis Fisher and Chris Carr are battling for starting jobs. 

Luckily for Ravens fans, two of their starters, Lardarius Webb and Fabien Washington, will be making their return.

All signs point for both of these starters to be ready by week one. Earlier this week, Fabien Washington said he would be playing in the Ravens second pre-season game, his first action since tearing his ACL last year.

And according to Jamison Hensley via twitter, John Harbaugh said Webb is " very close" to coming off the PUP list. Lardarius Webb says it is coming along, and is trying to get confidence in his knee.

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The situation here isn't a surprise at all. Fabien Washington was ahead of schedule in his rehab since training camp began. Ahead of Webb by leaps and bounds.

While Washington guaranteed he was going to be ready, Webb was still unsure on how long the rehab would take.However, there must be something showing the Ravens front office that both of these starters would be ready by week one.

With speculation of trades occurring over the past week, a deal would have probably gone down, or at worst, be in very heated discussions.

Webb showed a lot of potential in his rookie season, and has the speed to cover many of the top receivers in the game. Washington is showing his experience in camp, and is a solid fit against the second or third options.

There is still hope for a possible trade within the next few weeks, and maybe one will happen. But all signs point to the staff having enough confidence in Webb and Washington to start the season as the top two starters, with the rest playing at a higher level than they are used to, as they battle for a top spot on the depth chart.

Matt Miselis is an NFL and Baltimore Ravens Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com.

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