Lardarius Webb Likely To Play After Ravens Cut Derek Cox?


Aug 28, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Cheta Ozougwu (95) reaches for Baltimore Ravens running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (43) during the second half of a preseason game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Ravens defeated the Saints 22-13. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Cox was signed just prior to the Raven’s fourth preseason game, and was subsequently cut just a few days later.  The team then proceeded to resign Cox after it was rumored that the Tennessee Titans were interested in signing him.  And now, just a few days later, the Ravens have cut Cox again.  Taking his place on the roster is running back Fitzgerald Toussaint, who was himself cut last week and signed to the practice squad.  The moves leave the Ravens with only four cornerbacks on the roster, including Lardarius Webb, who is questionable for Sunday’s opener against the Bengals.

By cutting Cox ahead of Sunday’s game against the Bengals, none of his salary is guaranteed.  It’s a harsh reality in pro football, but it may also be a sign that all is well in the Raven’s secondary.  After cutting Cox, the Ravens only have four cornerbacks on the roster.  After starter Lardarius Webb was declared questionable for Sunday’s game following practice on Friday, it seems to be a vote of confidence in the health of a player who sat out the entire preseason.

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Fitzgerald Toussaint was the star of the fourth preseason game against the Saints, racking up over 100 yards rushing.  It was his best performance of the preseason and camp, but it was too little too late.  The fact that he received the call up from the practice squad over other players, such as linebacker Josh Bynes, is a bit of a surprise.  The Ravens don’t really need any depth at the running back position after Bernard Pierce cleared NFL concussion protocols and was declared probable for Sunday’s game.

Perhaps another team was showing interest in Toussaint, which would explain why the team moved him to the active roster. After running back health was a big problem last season, the Ravens likely don’t want to take any chances this year. Especially when the ground game is going to be such a key component in Gary Kubiak’s offense.  If something was to happen to Pierce while Ray Rice is suspended, the team would only have two running backs on the roster – rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro and free agent signee Justin Forsett.