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Despite no longer having to walk around in a boot to protect his bruised right heel, safety Tom Zbikowski sounded doubtful about playing this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

"A little bit," Zbikowski said Wednesday of improvement in the foot. "It's hard to tell. It's starting to get there. I'm starting to walk on it a little bit better. I'm just really taking it day-by-day."

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Zbikowski, the starting free safety for the Ravens’ first six games and the primary punt returner, sustained the injury in an overtime loss to the New England Patriots on Oct. 17 and subsequently sat out the team’s overtime win against the Buffalo Bills seven days later.

Zbikowski said the injury has affected the Achilles tendon and a bursa sac in the foot, but he wasn't quite sure whether he was dealing with plantar fasciitis, an injury to the tissue on the bottom of the foot that could potentially end his season.

"I've got a little pain in that area," he said. "… The heel kind of had an effect on that area, and then the bursa sac and the Achilles and stuff is still a little irritated. It's one of those things where you bump it and it just gets irritated, and you just keep trying to progress as much as you can. Trying to put back-to-back workouts in and trying to start strengthening it up again."

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For now, Zbikowski said he has tried to ramp up his recovery, but he acknowledged that he has been limited.

"I lay on the table, try to read, and try to walk," he said. "That's about it. It's pretty exciting. It's two treatments a day, and I'm trying to get back out there as fast as I can. But it's something that really can't be rushed. You don't want to mess around with that area."

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