Washington Has Healthy Return

CB Fabian Washington ‘felt great’ after his first game since knee surgery.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 at 12:50 am | Categories: Preseason 2 at Redskins, Ryan Mink

Ravens cornerback Fabian Washington didn’t get a ton of action in his first return to the field following knee surgery, but he felt pretty good with what he did see.

And most importantly, Washington had a healthy return.

“I felt great,” Washington said. “My knee held up. Mentally, I felt great.”

Washington, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament on Nov. 22, has been fully practicing for weeks. But he opted not to play in the Ravens’ preseason opener because he didn’t want to risk re-injuring his knee on the Ravens new artificial turf, which will be a bit soft until broken in.

Washington’s recovery and performance is of utmost importance considering he’s now the Ravens’ No. 1 cornerback with Domonique Foxworth out for the season and Lardarius Webb close, but still not back from his own knee injury.

“He looked crisp, he looked good,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said of Washington. “He didn’t have any ill effects that I know of. He kind of looked like the old Fabian.”

Washington said he’s not physically at 100 percent yet, but that he’s close.

“I don’t think I’ll be 100 percent until in-season,” Washington said. “It felt good enough to do anything I want to do, [but] there’s a little soreness there.”

Washington, who started opposite Travis Fisher, was targeted twice. He held a pass to running back Clinton Portis to a 5-yard gain, then knocked down a third-down pass with the Redskins at Baltimore’s 7-yard line.

“They had some drives on us, but didn’t get into the end zone,” Washington said. “This is the thing about our defense. They didn’t get into the end zone, and we take pride on not letting anybody get into the end zone.”

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