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F.Washington says knee "is ready to play"

Cornerback Fabian Washington sounded optimistic about the status of his surgically-repaired left knee when he reported to Ravens training camp Monday afternoon.

"I was going as hard as I possibly could and the knee held up," said Washington, who worked out this summer with fellow cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie of the Arizona Cardinals and Mike Jenkins of the Dallas Cowboys and rookie wide receiver Dexter McCluster of the Kansas City Chiefs. "You've got to push it and get some confidence in it and I feel like it's ready to play."

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Washington, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee on Nov. 22, said he hopes to avoid beginning camp on the team's physically-unable-to-perform list.

"Man, I plan on being full go," he said. "But of course, we're going to let the docs, [trainer] Bill T [Bill Tessendorf] and Coach Harbs [John Harbaugh] make the final decision."

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Washington seemed to indicate that he would undergo a physical Monday night to determine his status. "Tonight, I should get a pretty good clue of what training camp is going to be like for me," he said.

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