Lardarius Webb Waiting On Clearance, No Word On Will Hill Suspension


Dec 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (16) runs the ball against Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb (21) in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati defeated Baltimore 34-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Lunchtime Links, where we round up all the latest Ravens news from around the web for your convenient consumption.  Today we find out that the Ravens are still awaiting word on Will Hill’s suspension, Lardarius Webb is waiting on clearance from the team to play, Joe Flacco has a cold, and a former Raven gave up his career for his brother.

Lardarius Webb waiting on clearance

Lardarius Webb, the Ravens, and all of us fans have been waiting for what seems like forever to see Webb step back on the field.  Even though he has been practicing in full, Webb has yet to play through two weeks of the regular season.  And Webb, along with the team, has been predictably vague on whether his debut will come this Sunday against the Browns.

“When he (John Harbaugh) feels like I’m healthy and able to play a full game,” Webb said, “he’ll put me out there.”

It’s been 55 days since the Ravens characterized Webb’s back injury as “minor” (not that we’re counting).  At this point, everyone seems hopeful that he will be on the field this Sunday, but we won’t blame you for being skeptical.

No word on Will Hill suspension being reduced

A reported 20 players, including Wes Welker and Stedman Bailey, were immediately reinstated from their suspensions following the approval of a new NFL drug policy.  The Ravens were reportedly hopeful that this would mean a reduced sentence for safety Will Hill, but so far the team hasn’t heard anything from the league.

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“No new word on Will. I really have no word on that at all,” coach John Harbaugh said after Wednesday’s practice. “To my knowledge, I don’t think he’s heard anything either. He hasn’t said anything to me.”

Any reduction in Hill’s six game suspension would be a nice bonus for the team, who have raved about Hill’s talent in practice. It would also be a boon for a secondary that needs all the help it can get in light of multiple injuries.

Joe Flacco misses practice Wednesday

Joe Flacco never misses practice.  So for a couple of hours on Wednesday, people were understandably a little worried after the team reported that Flacco sat out.

But have no fear, Ravens fans, he is only fighting a cold and doesn’t appear likely to miss Sunday’s game.

 Ma’ake Kemoeatu retires, donates kidney to brother

If you’re tired of all the negative stuff going on in the NFL these days, here’s a heart warming story for you.  Former Raven’s defensive tackle Ma’ake Kemoeatu has retired from the NFL to donate his kidney to his brother, former Steeler Chris Kemoeatu.

Chris learned in 2013 that he would need a kidney transplant because of an advanced disease, but thankfully Ma’ake was a 99 percent match.  Both brothers had to make the sacrifice of ending their careers while they were still productive, but it’s a touching reminder that for some, family comes first.