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Despite looking like he is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, it hasn’t been an easy road thus far for Domonique Foxworth.
Three months ago, Foxworth hurt his knee in a non-contact practice just before training camp. He started out with crutches and a massive brace, but Foxworth revealed that he has been running and lifting weights, even squatting 285 pounds last week.
Still, that optimistic news is tempered by the reality of his situation on Injured Reserve and the tenuous nature of knee injuries.
“I was joking with Ozzie [Newsome, General Manager] that he shouldn’t have put me on IR because I might be able to play this season,” Foxworth said. “I know it’s unrealistic, but that’s honestly what I shoot for. I just keep thinking, ‘Sooner or later, I can be a part of the team.’ That’s in the back of my mind, to work every day like I can get back soon.
“I’d like to feel like I can play before the end of the season, even though that’s not going to happen.”
Foxworth was slated to be the Ravens’ top cornerback this year, and his season-ending buckle was a shock, especially since fellow corners Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb were coming off the same injury.
While he recognizes the benefit of talking with those who have dealt with his situation, Foxworth still feels like an outsider.
“I don’t know that I’ve reconciled the fact that I’m not really with the team,” said the Catonsville, Md., native. “Since I was eight, I’ve done the same thing every fall without injury. And then, all of the sudden I’ve got this injury and I can’t play. It pisses me off every weekend. I know how hard they’re working.
“I just want to be a part of it because I love the guys and what I do.”
A typical week sees the determined Foxworth working out six days a week in a combination of functional strength training against his own body weight, heavy lifting and conditioning.
In his rare free time, Foxworth is heavily involved with his foundation, Baltimore BORN, which aids low-income boys in the Baltimore area through various learning activities, not to mention his duties as a member of the NFL Players Association’s executive board.
“When I’m not [at the Ravens' training facility], I’m trying to do something positive to keep my mind right,” Foxworth noted. “I’m sore every day. It really doesn’t get any better, but you just have to fight through it, I guess.”