Ravens kicker Justin Tucker converts a 61-yard field goal to beat the Detroit Lions. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun /December 16, 2013)
The image of cornerback Domonique Foxworth standing on the Ravens sideline at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis Sunday wasn’t really much of a surprise as coach John Harbaugh had suggested a week ago that shelving the cornerback might help heal his surgically-repaired right knee.
Foxworth was of the same mindset after the team’s 37-7 rout of the Rams.
“It hurts like hell,” he said. “I’ve been fighting through it, and I’ve been good enough not to hurt the team. But I think last week, the pain in my knee hurt me, and my lackluster performance hurt them. So I wasn’t surprised at what happened this week. So I’m just going to keep working and try to get back.”
Foxworth said he hasn’t been the same since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee on the eve of training camp last season. There have been good days and bad days, which is why Foxworth said he’s no longer planning on judging the status of the knee by how it feels.
“I’m done with that whole thing because I’ve been up and down so many times that it’s taken a toll on me – emotionally,” he said. “So I think the smartest thing I can do now is just ignore it and keep working. When they say I’m ready, then I’m ready.”