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Fresh from his involvement in helping the players' association and the NFL owners in lifting the lockout and crafting a new collective bargaining agreement, Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth (knee) said he has no desire to begin training camp on the team's physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list.

"I have no intention of being on the PUP list," he said Tuesday morning, the first day players could report to the team's facility in Owings Mills to undergo physicals and other medical tests. "I have the full intention of being out there and contributing right away. I don't know what their plan is, but I'm going to give them the best that I can give them and hopefully it means that I'm starting in Week 1. I expect that my contributions also will include helping [rookie] Jimmy [Smith] mature as fast as possible – intellectually on the field and socially off the field. I've talked to him a couple times, and he seems like a great young man. I've heard that he's a great talent. So it's really part of your responsibilities – especially on a team like this – that you help out the younger guys. I've done it with [Lardarius] Webb before, which was great. He's really come into his own, and I really look forward to working with Jimmy and teaching him everything I can and helping him to mature."

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Foxworth tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee the day before training camp opened last year. His return is crucial as cornerbacks Chris Carr, Josh Wilson and Fabian Washington are unrestricted free agents, and Smith acclimates himself to life in the NFL.Despite his intention to start against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 11, Foxworth cautioned against expecting too much from his surgically-repaired knee.

"It's been up and down through the offseason – to be frank with you – where there were days when it felt great and days when it felt really, really bad," he said. "But lately, it's felt great. But the real important thing that I haven't been able to do is play real, live football. So before I get way ahead of myself and say this is as good as I ever was, I feel that way, but I need to go out there and go up against [wide receiver] Anquan [Boldin] and real Pro Bowl-caliber receivers to really measure. That's a little different than running out on your own."

More than worrying about his knee, Foxworth sounded somewhat concerned about his future in the NFL due to his involvement on the NFLPA's executive committee. Foxworth, who was cited by owners on Monday for his consistent presence at negotiations, pointed out that players who have taken an active role in the union have endured retribution when their contracts end and it's time to find a new employer.

"It's not a secret that guys over the years and in the history of relationships with the players' association and the NFL, guys who are in the forefront become really expendable, and they become black-balled around the league really soon," Foxworth said. "So I'm sure my day is coming. I had a talk with my wife about two years ago before I took a prominent role in the players' association, and she said it was ok. I know the worst thing they can do to me is throw me out. So she's comfortable with it, I'm comfortable with it, and we'll wait for it to happen. Until then, I hope I can ball out and do my thing for Baltimore until I'm out on my ass."

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