WNST has reported this morning that Ravens and former University of Maryland corner back Domonique Foxworth has torn his ACL, an injury that brings more concern to a secondary already filled with question marks going into the 2010 season.
Foxworth limped off the field last night in a non-contact drill Thursday night during the team’s off day, which was used for administrative purposes.
This is big news to start out the initial full-team practice at McDaniel College on Friday, as the team spent an entire off-season filling in holes in the lineup based on poor play and injuries sustained by key players last year.
Foxworth was never one of those concerns. He was supposed to be the constant.
It is also unknown at this time the severity of the tear, but likely he will be done for the year if it is not a partial tear.
With safety Ed Reed coming off hip surgery and corner backs Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington also coming off season-ending ACL tears, Foxworth was one of the lone, healthy holdovers from the Ravens secondary in 2009 that struggled at times, but evened out at the end of the year.
Foxworth came to the Ravens last year as part of a 4-year deal worth 28 million dollars. Only a #2 or #3 corner in Denver,-the team that drafted him as a 2nd round pick out of Maryland- and in Atlanta, he often covered the opposing team’s best receiver last year for the first time in his career, and finished the season with 53 tackles and 4 interceptions.
He started all 16 of the Ravens’ games.
Harbaugh said after practice to the media that the team doesn’t know yet if it is going to look outside the organization for support.
Remaining free agent corners on the market include former Patriots CB Ty Law, Nick Harper, Ken Lucas, Mike Mckenzie, and two ex Ravens in Corey Ivy and Frank Walker.
This is a team that now is struggling to find answers to some of their concerns at corner. The team brought in Walt Harris-a Pro Bowler several years back with the 49ers-during OTAs, but he is not in shape as of yet, failing his conditioning test earlier this week.
Reserve corner back Cary Williams was recently suspended for 2 games by the NFL for violating the team’s conduct policy.
This could guarantee rookie free agent Prince Miller’s chances of making the team out of training camp if he continues to succeed.
And with Washington and Webb both coming back from their own ACL tears, they may need to be rushed ahead of schedule in time to face the Jets in Week 1 of the regular season.
Harbaugh said that they should be ready to go, and that both put the hard work in necessary in the off-season to make their recovery times move along that much quicker.
Now safety Dawan Landry may be the only starter from last year’s team to suit up for the team Week 1.
Maybe now that Terrell Owens signing up in Cincinnati might be a little more of an issue.
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