Webb, Cundiff absent in final practice of week for San Diego

December 16, 2011 | Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Taking the practice field for the final time before departing for San Diego on Friday afternoon, the Ravens were without cornerback Lardarius Webb and kicker Billy Cundiff for the third straight day.

Webb will likely miss Sunday night’s game against the Chargers after suffering a turf toe injury in the Ravens’ 24-10 win over Indianapolis last Sunday. Rookie Jimmy Smith would start in Webb’s place should the No. 1 corner be unavailable.

Cundiff (left calf) has not practiced all week as he continues to deal with a left calf issue that limited his ability to kick off against the Colts last Sunday, which left those duties to punter Sam Koch in the second half. The Ravens had been in contact with veteran Shayne Graham last weekend if Cundiff was unable to kick but chose not to make the roster move.

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Defensive end Cory Redding (ankle) returned to the practice field on Friday after sitting out the first two practices of the week. He is expected to play on Sunday night.

Linebacker Ray Lewis (toe) and cornerback Chris Carr (back) practiced for the third straight day and appear set to return to action after their respective layoffs due to injury. Lewis, of course, would return to his normal spot as the leader of the defense at inside linebacker while Carr may be asked to handle punt return duties in Webb’s absence. Carr would also figure to factor into defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano’s plans at the nickel position along with Danny Gorrer.

Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (back) and guard Ben Grubbs (toe) were both practicing for the second straight day after they were given a day of rest on Wednesday.

Sunday night’s referee will be Carl Cheffers. The forecast in San Diego calls for temperatures in the low 60s and clear skies for kickoff at 8:20 p.m. The Chargers will wear their popular powder blue jerseys in the nationally-televised night game while the Ravens will wear their white jerseys.

The Ravens are scheduled to take off for San Diego at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon. It’s common practice for East Coast teams to travel to West Coast cities a day early to adjust to the time change.

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