Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb is expected to return from the anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered in October last year, in time for the squad's pre-season training camp at the end of July.

The 27-year-old was building a reputation as one of the NFL's finest all-round cornerbacks before suffering a season-ending injury against the Dallas Cowboys in Week six of the 2012 campaign.

It's not the first time that Webb has torn his ACL either, picking up the same injury - only this time to his right knee - during his rookie season for the Ravens in 2009.

In the 2012 offseason, Webb signed a six-year contract extension, worth a reported $50million - with $20million guaranteed - which highlights just how highly Baltimore rated Webb, prior to his most recent ACL injury.

And, defensive coordinator Dean Pees admits he cannot wait to have Webb back in the reckoning for coach John Harbaugh's side in 2013/14.

"He makes plays," said Pees. "He's a good tackler. It looks like he's a buck-fifty out there, but the guy throws his body around. He thinks he's a linebacker. 

"The other part of it is just the way he plays, with the tenacity that he plays with. It just brings an extra spark to that whole secondary."

 

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