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Carr aiming to play vs. Jaguars

Ravens cornerback Chris Carr, who has been troubled by a balky left hamstring, said he intends to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday night.

“It’s feeling pretty good. So I’m preparing like I’m going to play on Monday,” he said before the team’s practice Friday. “But if I don’t feel like I’m going to be 100 percent, then I’m not going to go. But if I’m going to go and if I’m up for this game, then I’m going to be ready. There’s going to be no 90 percent anymore. But I’m feeling pretty good.”

Carr hasn’t played since tweaking the hamstring in the team’s 37-7 rout of the St. Louis Rams on Sept. 25. His return to Wednesday’s practice – albeit on a limited basis – was his first significant activity in weeks.

“It felt good. It felt kind of strange,” Carr said of practicing. “It was like, ‘Man, I haven’t touched grass in a while.’ Well, I’ve touched grass because I’ve been running and doing things on my own, but to be out there with cleats and a helmet on and with the guys and doing different things and catching some balls and stuff, it definitely felt a little foreign. But after a couple minutes, it was fine. It just feels really good to go out there and actually be able to run and not have pain.”

Carr repeated his earlier stance of being especially cautious with the hamstring and not testing it before it is fully healthy.

“Before, I’d have a little pain here or there in practice or in the game, and I was probably 90, 95 [percent],” he said. “I’m not going to do that anymore. It’s not worth the risk. The way we’re playing, it’s not like our defense is last in the NFL and they need a savior and nobody is playing well. Everybody’s playing well. So it’s not necessarily [because] they need me to be out there. So I’m definitely going to be smart about it.”

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