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Foxworth expected to be "at full speed right out the gates"

No player has been more involved with the NFL Players Association's labor negotiations than Domonique Foxworth. But the Ravens cornerback has put as much hard work in coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

That's why the Ravens say there's no doubt that Foxworth will be ready to jump back into a prominent role in 2011.

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"I don't think we're going to see too many side effects of him coming back early on," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He should be full speed right out of the gates."

Foxworth suffered a season-ending knee injury last July while participating in a non-contact practice that occurred one day before the official start of training camp.

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He underwent surgery on Aug. 10 for an injury that typically takes a full year for a player to recover from.

"I don't know if he's ahead of schedule, but the good thing is – if there is a light at the end of the tunnel or a silver lining to that cloud – at least he got hurt as early as possible," Harbaugh said. "I mean it was before he even really started practice, so it gives him the maximum possible time to get that knee right."

Foxworth's recovery has gone so well that he said last month he probably could play right now, and Harbaugh agreed with the former University of Maryland star.

"He will be back," Harbaugh said. "He's spending a lot of time on some of the union stuff, but I know he's also working out and he's training. He's doing great."

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