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Nakamura fighting fatigue

Ravens' third-year safety Haruki Nakamura knocked the rust off after a prolonged absence from the lineup in Thursday's preseason opener -- with remarkable results. Getting a lot of snaps because of the team's injury-depleted secondary, Nakamura forced a fumble to save a touchdown at the goal line, had a sack and five tackles, and broke up one pass.

He played both safety positions and on special teams.

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"The first thing I did before we went out," Nakamura said, "was tell people this is the greatest feeling because of how hard it was to watch football from my couch."

Nakamura broke his ankle on the opening kickoff in the ninth game of the regular season last year and went on injured reserve. Even though he suffered extensive damage, his rehabilitation was ahead of schedule during summer passing camps. Now his return is right on time, although he admitted to feeling some effects from the surgery.

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"At this point, I'm fighting through fatigue [in his leg]," Nakamura said. "That's normal for any surgery. The rest of my body feels great. So it was fun to be back."

Nakamura's excitement after the game against Carolina was palpable. "I did everything I could in the offseason to be healthy," he said. "And everything has worked out so far."

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