Monday, June 28, 2010

Washington optimistic about health

Entering his sixth season as an NFL cornerback, Fabian Washington says has recovered from off season surgery and expects to be ready when his NFL training camp with the Baltimore Ravens opens in late July.

The former Bayshore High standout had surgeries to repair a bulging disc in his neck and an ACL that he tore in his left knee last November 22nd making a tackle against the Indianapolis Colts.

“The disc is fine and the knee is about eighty percent (recovered), Washington says. “I am hoping to have my best season yet. I am not totally healthy, but I am close to it. Nobody is one-hundred healthy in the NFL and you just got to know how to fight through it. But everything is looking great.”

Washington, who turned 27 earlier this month, played in 10 games last season, which was the least since he joined the league in 2005 as the 23d pick in the draft by the Oakland Raiders.

The Ravens recently signed two cornerbacks in 13 year veteran Walt Harris, who will turn 36 before next season and former Dallas Cowboy Ken Hamlin.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said recently that Washington and his other projected starting cornerback, Lardarius Webb, might not be at full strength when the season starts but that he expects their strength to increase as the season goes on.

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