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Chris Carr said his injured left hamstring is getting better, and he hopes to be available for the team's preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium.

Carr suffered the injury during Saturday's practice at M&T Bank Stadium, and although he sat out Sunday and Monday's sessions, the cornerback said he is on the mend.

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"Yeah, it feels like it is," Carr said when asked if the hamstring was improving. "Not as fast as I would like. I don't like seeing all my teammates out there when everybody is down. … It's tough not being out there. You want to work on your skills and your technique, but I'll be back out there soon enough. I don't want to rush it though. I want to be ready for the season."

The Ravens are somewhat short-handed at cornerback. Domonique Foxworth will miss the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee, Lardarius Webb remains on the team's physically-unable-to-perform list while recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee, and Fabian Washington has missed a handful of practices after surgery last year to repair a torn ACL in his left knee.

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Rookie Prince Miller is expected to return after the birth of his daughter on Sunday, Cary Williams briefly left Monday's practice before returning, and K.J. Gerard had missed six consecutive days of practice with a hamstring injury before participating on a limited basis Monday.

Washington, Travis Fisher and Williams were the only healthy cornerbacks Monday.

Carr acknowledged that all those factors would play a role in accelerating his return to the field.

"It's one of those things where you want to go out there and you want to play and you want to compete and when you're seeing your safeties and corners out there tired during practice, you feel bad and you feel guilty," he said. "But in the back of your mind, your ultimate goal is to be ready for the first game, which is the New York Jets [on Sept. 13]. So I don't want to do anything that would cause me to miss a game. I've never missed a game before, and I don't plan on missing a game. But it's tough. I feel like I've been playing well. I've been in a groove and I want to keep going and stay in that groove, but I've just got to be smart about it."

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