New Challenges Facing Defense
Well the past week wasn’t exactly a great way to start training camp. Of course there’s the unfortunate news about LB Sergio Kindle falling down a flight of stairs and suffering a skull fracture; hopefully he will have a speedy recovery and get well soon. Then fans were disheartened to hear that CB Domonique Foxworth would be out for the season because he suffered an ACL tear during a walk-through right before the start of camp. The defense has faced these types of challenges before and successfully pushed through the adversity— they will need to do it once more.
Some Good News With Fabian Washington
Of course the loss of Foxworth is bad news, but that doesn’t mean the season is over for the Ravens. Before everyone loses hope, let’s remember that there is still some good news. Fabian Washington was taken off the PUP list and began practicing. In fact, he was reportedly seen without the red ‘non-contact’ jersey. It is extremely fortunate that Washington made a fast recovery. You can bet the Ravens will be taking it cautiously with him.
With Washington back in the lineup, he gives the secondary some continuity. In essence, the Ravens are back to having two starters out with injuries— namely, safety Ed Reed and Foxworth. It would be great to have Lardarius Webb back in the lineup as well, and perhaps he may not be so far behind.
The bottom line is that the secondary will have to step up and hold their own for a little while. The defensive front is going to be a huge part of the equation for success; they must pressure opposing quarterbacks to throw early and allow less time for opposing receivers to break free.
Just keep in mind that Webb and Reed will eventually return sometime in 2010.
So hang in there fans— all is not lost.