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Foxworth says knee 'just doesn't feel great'

It wouldn't be much of a stretch to say that Domonique Foxworth is a pretty positive guy. But his surgically repaired knee is testing the limits of the Ravens cornerback's good-natured manner.

Foxworth, who underwent surgery Aug. 10 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, spent a few minutes after Monday's practice at the team's training facility in Owings Mills expressing his frustration at the strength and stability of the knee.

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"It just doesn't feel great," Foxworth said. "It's frustrating. I don't know. I'm not very happy about it, but I'll just keep working, I guess. It hurts, and I don't feel as quick or as fast as I once was. Everyone says it's part of the process, but I can't go out there and let down the team. So I'm just pushing and trying to get it where it needs to be as soon as possible."Foxworth's return was supposed to be a boon for a secondary that lost a pair of unrestricted free-agent cornerbacks in Josh Wilson (who signed with the Washington Redskins) and Fabian Washington (New Orleans Saints).

With Foxworth in the fold, the defense could start him and Lardarius Webb at cornerback and take its time in acclimating Jimmy Smith, the team's first-round pick in April, to the rigors and speed of the NFL.

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Smith tweaked his groin Monday, and Chris Carr, who re-signed, won't be allowed to practice until Thursday when the players re-certify as a union and ratify the new 10-year collective bargaining agreement. But Foxworth said that rather than add more to his plate, the coaching and medical staffs are trying to curb his reps.

"The coaches and trainers try to roll me back and roll back my reps, and I'm trying to push them forward," he said. "I think they're scared I'm going to reinjure it, and I'm scared it's not going to be strong enough. So I just want to push and push and push, and they want to make sure that I don't kill myself. It's August, and Jimmy didn't tear anything. So he'll be fine. And Chris will be practicing next week. I don't think anybody's in a panic just yet."

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