For the first time in a couple of weeks, Baltimore Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth worked with the team’s starting defense, a serious sign that his surgically repaired knee is improving.
Foxworth, 28, started every games for the Ravens in 2009, before missing the entire 2010 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. This is what Foxworth had to say in Ken Murray’s Baltimore Sun article on his progression with the injury:
“I feel good now. I can finish practice, I think I can finish a game,” Foxworth said. “We’ll see. I’m definitely not as good as I was. [The knee] doesn’t feel as good as it did. … It’s about getting my explosion back. There are glimpses of it.”
After not appearing in the Ravens first preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Maryland University alum made a brief cameo in Friday night’s win against the Kansas City Chiefs. Although he appeared with the second team defense, it’s certainly a step in the right direction for both the Ravens and Foxworth.
Right now, Foxworth nor the Ravens can predict his status for September 11th’s opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The seven-year veteran is following the same rehabilitation program the Ravens used to get Ladarius Webb and Fabian Washington back from ACL surgery a year ago.
The Ravens have no need to rush Foxworth back. With the Ravens having retained Chris Carr on a four-year, $14 million contract, combined with the drafting of Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith in the first round of this years draft, the Ravens have plenty of depth in the defensive backfield. Let’s also not forget, they also have Ladarius Webb back and are pleased with the emergence of Cary Williams.
When talking about the Ravens depth at cornerback, this is what Foxworth had to say via The Carroll County Times:
“This year, we are really deep and really talented. No matter what happens with any one or two guys, we have more guys who can step in and do just as good a job.”
First thing is first, Foxworth will have the opportunity to show Head Coach John Harbaugh a sign of what he can be Thursday night, as Foxworth’s playing time is expected to increase against the Washington Redskins.