Having already suffered one setback this summer, Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth made a brief appearance in Friday's preseason game in hope there won't be another setback in his recovery from knee surgery.
"It's preseason, [and] they've taken care of me," Foxworth said after the game. "That's the mistake we made the first time. I was full speed all the time.
"I feel good now. I can finish practice, I think I can finish a game. We'll see. I'm definitely not as good as I was. [The knee] doesn't feel as good as it did. … It's about getting my explosion back. There are glimpses of it."
Foxworth can't predict how far along he'll be by Sept. 11 when the Ravens open the season against the Steelers. But he's following the rehab program the Ravens used to get both Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington back from ACL surgery a year ago.
"They've done it with other players before," Foxworth said. "This is my first time with an ACL, but it's not our training staff's first time, and it's not our coaches' first time. So I'm just going to trust in them, and whatever they think is right, I'm going to do."
Foxworth also said he'd be agreeable to whatever role the Ravens have in mind.
"Whatever role the coaches expect me to play, I'm going to be there," he said. "I'm going to be there as a contributor on the field and a mentor to the young guys off the field."
Coach John Harbaugh said Webb and Washington had an advantage in their rehabs because they both got to work with the team during the offseason. Because of the lockout this summer, Foxworth didn't.
"That made it probably a slower process," Harbaugh said. "It was really a matter of pushing it and forcing it to recover, pushing it and forcing it to recover. It seems like he can push it a little harder, and it takes a little less recovery time now for the soreness or whatever to go away, or, there is a lot less soreness. So it seems like he is doing well. I think what you're going to see is how well he plays, how well does he change direction, accelerate, break on balls and things like that. That seems to be getting better every day."