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Return to Cleveland not far from Nakamura's mind

Haruki Nakamura is just a little over nine months removed from suffering a devastating broken right ankle during the opening kickoff of a Monday night game against the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 16.

The Ravens don't visit Cleveland until Dec. 26, but the memory of last year's injury hasn't escaped the attention of the reserve strong safety.

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"I've already thought about it," said Nakamura, who played at St. Edward High School in Cleveland. "With it being on Christmas, I've just thought, 'Man, let's just hope it's a good weekend this time instead of thinking about something else.' But I'm always excited about going to Cleveland. That's where my family and my friends are. It's just another opportunity I look forward to, and hopefully, good things happen this time."

Nakamura didn't just break his ankle. He suffered a dislocation, and the force of the physical contact broke his fibula and strained the tendon on the muscle running down his lower leg. He also tore all his ankle ligaments and damaged nerves in his foot.

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But Nakamura is fully healthy and playing with no doubts about his ankle.

"I'm just worried about playing a football game," he said. "No worries about breaking anything."

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