Being 'smart' with Foxworth

The Ravens are going to be cautious with the number of snaps given to cornerback Domonique Foxworth.

A year removed from knee surgery that sidelined him all last season, Foxworth hasn't looked like the same cornerback from the 2009 season. In the first quarter of last week's preseason game, he gave up a 14-yard pass to Santana Moss and was beaten by Anthony Armstrong on a 33-yard pass.

"We have to be smart with him as far as how we use him and the number of reps we give him," defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano said. "Hopefully, that will start to come around and eventually be 100 percent."

An NFL Players Association executive committee member, Foxworth played an integral part in ending the four-month NFL lockout, which has been a factor in his comeback.

"The time away was a major detriment to Fox. That set him back," Pagano said. "He's just got to keep his nose to the grindstone and keep pushing."

End zone

The Ravens have $2.3 million in salary cap space, according to Pro Football Talk. There are only seven teams that have less room. … In addition to Evans, cornerback Chris Carr (left hamstring), offensive tackle Mark LeVoir (unspecified) and running back Matt Lawrence (unspecified) were not present during the portion of practice open to the media. Birk, Yanda (back spasms) and wide receiver James Hardy (hamstring) participated. … The Ravens lost yardage on 107 offensive plays last season, tying the Seattle Seahawks for third most in the NFL, according to STATS LLC.

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Baltimore Sun reporter Edward Lee contributed to this article.

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