Published: July 30th, 2010 | Tags: 2010 Training Camps, Baltimore Ravens, Brian Baldinger, Cary Williams, Chris Carr, Dawan Landry, Domonique Foxworth, Ed Reed, Fabian Washington, Frank Tadych, John Harbaugh, Ken Hamlin, Lardarius Webb, Marshall Faulk, Pat Kirwan, Travis Fisher, Walt Harris
Most analysts agree the injury-plagued secondary of the Baltimore Ravens is the Achilles heel of the team. That was before the season-ending torn ACL for cornerback Domonique Foxworth on the eve of camp, an injury the team could ill-afford.
Outside of SS Dawan Landry, the secondary is full of questions. Ed Reed is on the PUP list after offseason hip surgery and has no timetable for his return, although the team has insurance in Ken Hamlin. With Foxworth out, the other top cornerbacks — Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington — are recovering from torn ACLs of their own and not at full strength. Washington, though, did return to the field during Friday’s second practice.
With backup Cary Williams suspended the first two games of the season, the list of the Ravens’ top three cornerbacks currently reads like this: Chris Carr, Travis Fisher and Walt Harris.
While very optimistic, coach John Harbaugh also said it’s possible Washington and Webb could be available for the season opener, while in the same breath not ruling out bringing in help. Lots of questions.
As for answers, Marshall Faulk brought up a good point earlier Friday, saying that if the Ravens bring in another veteran, you know they’re concerned.
Looking at the situation with analyst Brian Baldinger, one option could be a call to veteran Shawn Springs. Considering the difficulty in trading for a cornerback now, Pat Kirwan threw out some street free agents as workout options: Fred Smoot, Deshea Townsend and Anthony Henry.
Definitely an area to watch as the Ravens sort things out during camp.