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Ravens release Foxworth

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(Credits: Kyle Nosal/The Carroll County Times)

The Baltimore Ravens released cornerback Domonique Foxworth on Monday after he failed a physical.

The move had been anticipated for sometime, as Foxworth was set to make $7 million in base salary in 2012, but had played in just two games over the past two seasons because of a serious ACL tear.

Foxworth, 28, is the latest veteran the Ravens have cut, joining fellow cornerback Chris Carr and wide receiver Lee Evans to clear space under the salary cap, which will give the team more flexibility for when free agency begins this week.

After signing a four-year, $27 million deal before the start of the 2009 season, the Randallstown native who played at the University of Maryland, started all 16 regular season games in his first season with the Ravens, recording 53 tackles, 16 pass deflections and four interceptions.

But on the eve of training camp in 2010,  he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a non-contract drill. He spent the entire year on injured reserve.

The Ravens had hoped that he would be able to play effectively in 2011, as Foxworth made the team out of training camp. However, he experienced constant pain in his knee, struggled with his on-field performance and wound up back on injured reserve after playing in the team’s first two regular season games.

As I wrote a few days ago, there had been rumors that if Foxworth could prove his knee was healthy, the Ravens would consider bringing him back at a much cheaper price in a reserve role to basically serve as a mentor to an otherwise young cornerbacks group, which features the likes of Lardarius Webb, Cary Williams and Jimmy Smith and Danny Gorrer.

But at this point, it appears it’s more likely than not, Foxworth’s tenure has come to a disappointing end with his hometown team.