‘Resounding Yes’ Foxworth Returns

John Harbaugh told fans he thought Domonique Foxworth could play right now.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Saturday, March 12th, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh strongly believes cornerback Domonique Foxworth, who missed all of 2010 with a knee injury, will be ready when he suits up next season.

In fact, Harbaugh is confident Foxworth could play tomorrow if the NFL Players Association executive committee member wasn’t attending a collective bargaining session.

When asked whether Foxworth would play in 2011 on a conference call with fans, Harbaugh offered a “resounding yes.”

“He will be back. He probably could play right now,” Harbaugh said Wednesday.   “He’s spending a lot of time on some of the union stuff, but I know he’s also working out, he’s training, he’s doing great.”

The Ravens lost Foxworth early, as he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last July while participating in a non-contact practice.

He underwent surgery from renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Aug. 10, and from there, the rehabilitation began.

And since Foxworth, a University of Maryland product, lives locally, much of that rehab was accomplished at the Ravens’ training facility in Owings Mills, Md.

“I don’t know if he’s ahead of schedule, but the good thing is – if there is a light at the end of the tunnel or a silver lining to that cloud – at least he got hurt as early as possible,” said Harbaugh.  “I mean it was before he even really started practice, so it gives him the maximum possible time to get that knee right.”

Without Foxworth, the Ravens moved forward with Fabian Washington, Chris Carr and Lardarius Webb as their primary corners at the beginning of the season, while bringing new addition Josh Wilson along slowly.

Wilson and Carr ended the year as the Ravens’ starters, and Baltimore’s secondary remained a strength.

Now, Foxworth will have an opportunity to work his way back into a group that could lose any of Washington, Carr or Wilson, all of whom are expected to become unrestricted free agents.

Harbaugh doesn’t expect Foxworth to miss a beat.

“I don’t think we’re going to see too many side effects of him coming back early on,” said Harbaugh.  “He should be full speed right out of the gates.”

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