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Stallworth, Burgess return to face former employer

The Ravens’ visit on Sunday to Foxborough, Mass., is Donte’ Stallworth’s first to that area since he played for the New England Patriots for the 2007 season.

Although the wide receiver won't play because he is still rehabbing a broken bone in his left foot, Stallworth said he is eager to return.

"It'll be fun," he said. "I still have a lot of friends in the area, a lot of friends on the team and within the organization, people who I still speak with. I still have a lot of good memories from the that year I was there. It'll be interesting to go back there and hopefully come back with a win."

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Stallworth, who caught 46 passes for 697 yards and scored three times in 16 games (nine starts) for the Patriots that year, said contrary to popular belief, he'd rather be playing against his former teammates than watching from the sideline.

"It makes the anxiety worse," he said. "For me, I have nothing but great memories about New England. From the time I was there, the coaching staff, the organization, Mr. [Robert] Kraft [the team owner], the players, fans, everything was great. I'm just upset that I'm not able to play against those guys. Whenever you play against your former team, whether you had a good experience there or a bad experience, you always want to go back and play well against your old teammates."

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Stallworth said he's still close with a lot of Patriots, including wide receiver Wes Welker ("Me and Wes are really good friends."), defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, running back Sammy Morris and safety Brandon Meriweather.

"He is like a little brother to me," Stallworth said of Meriweather. "I was actually with him the day the schedule came out, and me and him just looked at each other and started laughing. We didn't have to say anything, we already knew. Unfortunately, I'm not playing, but I'll still be talking trash to them on the sideline."

In addition to Stallworth, linebacker Prescott Burgess was employed by New England for 13 days last year. That seems like a distant memory.

"I'm a Raven," Burgess said. "What happened last season was last season, and this is just a team that's coming up and we've got to play them. I'm going to treat them like any other team and go out there and play my game."

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