The best news for Manatee County football fans last week had to be the play of Baltimore Ravens cornerback Fabian Washington.
The Bayshore High graduate hadn’t played in an NFL game since he tore the ACL in his left knee last season and was being dogged by skeptics that claimed he would never be himself again or regain that 4.3 forty speed.
Going against the Washington Redskins first team offense, including quarterback Donovan McNabb last Saturday, Washington silenced a lot of his critics and showed he is ready to resume his place in the Ravens secondary.
Playing the first quarter only, Washington showed he still has his lateral quickness and moved smoothly without any pain or discomfort. He didn’t display any signs of rustiness, which seemed to be a concern in a secondary that has been battered with injuries.
Despite playing in his first game since November 22nd, Washington looked good in coverage, recorded one tackle and had a pass deflection. He also came close to intercepting a McNabb pass.
The 27 year-old wouldn’t go as far as declaring himself 100 percent recovered from his injury, but said he can do anything he wants to on the field, perhaps a millisecond short of what he is use to doing and that he did feel some soreness in the knee.