Jimmy Smith could play this week, Lardarius Webb won’t


The Ravens could get one of their injured cornerbacks back for Saturday’s game against the Redskins, but it won’t be Lardarius Webb.

Coach John Harbaugh said that it isn’t realistic for Webb, who has not practiced since July 25 because of a back injury, to be in the lineup for the team’s third preseason game of the summer. With the fourth preseason game usually reserved for reserves and the soon-to-be unemployed, it seems Week One is the earliest we’ll see Webb on the field.

There’s more hope about Jimmy Smith. Smith left last weekend’s game with a chest injury that left him coughing up blood on the sideline, but Harbaugh said there’s a good chance that Smith is going to play against Washington.

“They said it’s not a serious thing,” Harbaugh said, via the Baltimore Sun. “He just needs a couple of days to heal up. We do anticipate him to play against the Redskins unless something changes that I’m not aware of.”

Asa Jackson, another injured cornerback, hasn’t been ruled out of the game. He hasn’t practiced since August 10 because of an ankle injury, though, so he’ll likely need to get back on the field in the next couple of days if he’s going to get a chance to play in the Ravens’ tune-up for the regular season.