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Lardarius Webb listed as questionable; Ravens may lose best DB vs Bengals

The Ravens were without Lardarius Webb for the entire preseason and training camp because of a back injury.

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Chris Trotman

When the Cincinnati Bengals face the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, both teams will have the majority of their starters on the field. The only starter Cincinnati will be without is Marvin Jones, their No. 2 receiver.

As for the Ravens, they've listed cornerback Lardarius Webb as 'questionable' on their final injury report. Webb is without a doubt their best defensive back, and not having him could be a game-changer in a contest that figures to come down to the wire.

Webb missed the entire preseason and training camp with a back injury. However, he has since returned to practice, and Baltimore has acted as though they expect him to play in Week 1 for the past few weeks.

According to Pro Football Focus, Webb's 8.0 grade in 2013 was the 19th best of 77 eligible corners. He will need to be playing close to that level if he hopes to contain A.J. Green on Sunday. Even if he does play, Webb probably won't be close to 100 percent in terms of his normal level of play.

That could also be the case for Jimmy Smith, the other starting cornerback. Smith suffered a chest injury in Week 2 of the preseason that knocked him out of action for the rest of the preseason. He's not even listed on the final injury report, as he's practiced for the past week-and-a-half now. He does figure to be a little rusty on Sunday though.