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Safety Tom Zbikowski (foot) missed the Ravens’ Wednesday practice, but his status for this weekend’s matchup with the Miami Dolphins is not yet defined.
Zbikowski, who started the Ravens’ first six games and was the primary punt returner, has been dealing with a foot injury originally classified as a bruised heel after an overtime loss to the New England Patriots on Oct. 15.
He missed Baltimore’s Week 7 win over the Buffalo Bills, as Ed Reed resumed his spot in the starting lineup with a two-interception performance.
At this point, Zbikowski said it is difficult to evaluate his recovery.
“It’s hard to tell,” Zbikowski told reporters. “It’s starting to get there. I’m starting to walk on it a little bit better. I’m just really taking it day-by-day.”
To speed his return, Zbikowski is undergoing two daily treatment sessions.
Meanwhile, wideout Donte’ Stallworth got through a full session of practice as he comes back from a broken foot.
The speedy Stallworth said he was pleased with the way his foot responded after working hard during the Ravens bye week, but he will monitor the injury leading up to the Dolphins game.
“I pushed it pretty hard, and that’s what my plan was all along, just to make sure that this week wasn’t an initial shock of pushing it,” said Stallworth. “I wanted to get my foot involved and remember how it feels to work like that. I felt good. It’s going to be sore for the next couple of weeks. During practice, it feels good, so that’s what it’s important.”
Two players whose names were absent from the injury report are linebackers Tavares Gooden and Brendon Ayanbadejo.
Gooden has been inactive for the Ravens’ last five games due to a shoulder injury, while Ayanbadejo played in his first game of the season against the Bills, having spent time on the Physically Unable to Perform List with an injured quadriceps.
“I got a little bit sore during the game, because going to overtime my first game back was a little while to be out there,” said Ayanbadejo. “But I was fine. I still got through everything last week even though I hadn’t worked like that.
“I wish I could have played a little bit better, but as far as the health standpoint, I’m happy with the way it reacted.”
Reed (ankle), receiver Derrick Mason (ankle) and tight end Todd Heap (back) also fully practiced in practice, and rookie tight end Dennis Pitta (head) was held out.
For Miami, starting safety Yeremiah Bell (toe) was limited, while first-team linebacker Channing Crowder (thumb) fully participated.