Drafted in the third round out of Nicholls State, Webb began his NFL career as a contributor on special teams. He saw spot duty on defense before stepping into a starting role Nov. 29 against the Pittsburgh Steelers as a replacement for the injured Fabian Washington.
Webb had nine tackles and batted away three passes in that game. He finished his rookie season with 35 tackles, six passes knocked away and a 95-yard kickoff return against the Denver Broncos.
Webb likely will be replaced at cornerback by Chris Carr.
"We've been so unfortunate. It's like who's next?" Carr said. "It's been tough losing friends. These are guys we genuinely care about. I've started at every position, so I'm confident I can go out there and play well."
Harbaugh said Monday that the team likely will go outside the organization in an effort to find another defensive back as the team begins preparations for Sunday's showdown with the Steelers.
"We're looking at all the possible options," the coach said. "We want to bring in somebody that can help us this week against Pittsburgh. That's our priority."
"We're open to bringing anybody back that can play, anybody that can help us," Harbaugh said. "He would be an option, and there are other options as well."
"We approach the fact that we control our own destiny as a challenge," Harbaugh said. "It's well deserved. We have fought through a lot of adversity."
"We wouldn't have it any other way. We'd be playing this team at this time with something at stake no matter what," Harbaugh said. "Obviously, when the season started and you talked to our guys at the beginning, (you knew) this game was going to be meaningful. And here we are.
"Maybe it's not the path that we all would have anticipated, but it's the path that got us here."
What better way to approach the most important part of the season?
"Definitely, the last couple of weeks, it feels like the tide has turned in our favor," Foxworth said. "We hope we can get momentum going throughout the rest of the season and into the playoffs."
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