Fabian Washington was ready, willing and able to go Thursday night in the Baltimore Ravens pre-season opener against Carolina, but the coaching staff decided to err on the side of caution and kept the cornerback out.
It made sense. The former Bayshore High standout is coming off ACL off season surgery and the Ravens secondary is already banged up so there is no need to take chances.
Baltimore already lost cornerback Domonique Foxworth for the season with a torn ACL and cornerback Lardarius Webb is still nursing a sore knee and hasn’t been able to get back on the field. Adding to the problem is that at All-Pro safety Ed Reed is also out while recovering from off season hip surgery.
Washington is a warrior who can’t wait to get back on the field and wanted to play Thursday night. But he might also be concerned about rumors that the Ravens are looking into the possibility of trading running back Willis McGahee for a top flight cornerback.