Sunday, August 1, 2010

Washington practices, but no contact allowed

Recovering from two off season surgeries, Baltimore Ravens cornerback Fabian Washington received some good news Friday when he was taken off the physically-unable-to-perform list (PUP).

The former Bayshore High standout took part in afternoon drills his first day back, but is not allowed to get involved in any contact. He had surgery for a torn ACL in his left knee and a bulging disc in his neck. The ACL is the one that concerns team officials.

The Ravens have been hit hard in their secondary with injuries and are trying to bring Washington along slowly so he won’t have any setbacks and be ready sometime during the first quarter of the season. The cornerback suffered the ACL injury in the 12th game last season.

The Ravens lost cornerback Domonique Foxworth to a torn ACL on Thursday making their situation at the position even worse, but team officials insist as bad as they need and want Washington they don’t want to rush the 27-year-old.

Another Baltimore cornerback, Ladarius Webb, is also coming back from knee surgery. The Ravens also have a question mark at safety where six-time pro bowler Ed Reed is recovering from hip surgery.

Washington spent some time this summer working out at IMG with hometown buddies Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie and Mike Jenkins and said he felt ready to go. However conventional wisdom is not to rush things with an injury of his type.

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