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Ravens CB Lardarius Webb has been tough on Brandon Marshall

Updated: November 13, 2013 11:03PM



Brandon Marshall calls himself and Alshon Jeffery the best receiving duo in the NFL. If the Bears had to face Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb every week, though, that might not be the case.

Webb shut down Marshall on Nov. 1, 2009. Marshall, then with the Broncos, caught four passes for only 24 yards. Webb also returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in that game.

‘‘I wasn’t prepared,’’ Marshall said Wednesday at Halas Hall. ‘‘Look on a piece of paper, and you see that he’s a fairly small guy compared to other guys around the league. But he’s probably one of the strongest corners that I’ve ever faced.’’

As a member of the Dolphins, Marshall had five catches for 30 yards against Webb and the Ravens in 2010.

Marshall called Webb, who missed practice Wednesday with a groin injury, ‘‘probably’’ the second-best cornerback in the league — behind the Bucs’ Darrelle Revis — before he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last season.

‘‘Now I get another opportunity to play against him,’’ Marshall said. ‘‘It’s going to be tough.’’

No timetable

Defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff, whom the Bears signed last week, doesn’t have a timetable to play yet. Still recovering from groin surgery last December, he didn’t practice Wednesday.

Ratliff said the plan is for him to stabilize a unit ravaged by season-ending injuries to Henry Melton and Nate Collins.

‘‘I want to get out there and produce,’’ said Ratliff, who made four consecutive Pro Bowls with the Cowboys. ‘‘I’m not going to say ‘return to form,’ but be better than I ever was. So I’m definitely looking to have the best season of my career with what I have left, and that’s my goal.’’

Ratliff is ‘‘here to get himself restarted,’’ coach Marc Trestman said.

‘‘I think his attitude is excellent,’’ he said. ‘‘I know the guys are trying to get him ready to go, so we’ll see. . . . Hopefully, he’ll make a contribution before we go too much further.’’

This and that

Defensive end Shea McClellin didn’t practice as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury. Trestman said it will be ‘‘a good sign’’ if he practices Thursday.

Long-snapper Patrick Mannelly (calf) also missed practice.

◆ The Bears signed safety Derrick Martin to take cornerback Charles Tillman’s roster spot while he is on injured reserve/designated to return with a triceps injury.

Martin, who appeared in two preseason games for the Bears, figures to play on special teams. He has appeared in 66 games for four teams since being drafted in the sixth round by the Ravens in 2006.

◆ Three Ravens starters — nose tackle Haloti Ngata (knee), middle linebacker Daryl Smith (thigh) and Webb — didn’t practice. Safety James Ihedigbo (toe) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (groin) were limited.

◆ Unsurprisingly, linebacker Lance Briggs and quarterback Jay Cutler were ruled out for Sunday.

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