Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb has failed a conditioning test and will be put on the physically unable to perform list (PUP) until he can pass the test according to Ravens head coach John Harbaugh via BaltimoreRavens.com.
“It’s always a big deal,” Harbaugh noted. “It was a big deal when Jacoby [Jones] didn’t pass it. It was a big deal when Haloti [Ngata] didn’t pass it. It’s always a big deal. You want to see guys pass it...But it’s not the kind of anaerobic shape he needs to be in to come out here in practice,” Harbaugh continued via BaltimoreRavens.com. “The idea is that if I go play after play after play and I begin to get fatigued and I can’t move like I would, I could get a fatigue-type injury."
Look, the Ravens have one of, if not the most demanding training camps in the NFL. It's really not a joke. Harbaugh makes his players run through some very tough practices that a good number of NFL teams don't run through. But at the same time, Webb is a cornerback who obviously needs to be in shape. And when a player like Webb has been on the team for his entire seven year career, he already knows how Harbaugh operates.
Webb hasn't had the best of years recently as he suffered a season-ending torn ACL in week 5 of the 2012 regular season, in a season in which eventually led the Ravens to winning Super Bowl 47. Over the last couple seasons, Webb has suffered back issues. It isn't expected that Webb will be disciplined, but he is walking a tight rope.
The Ravens need all of the help that they can get in the secondary as the same unit basically was the downfall of the team losing in the divisional round of the playoffs last season to the current defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.