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Asa Jackson hoping to return from toe injury against Dolphins

Asa Jackson hoping to return from toe injury against Dolphins
Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson is eligible to return against the Miami Dolphins. (Karl Merton Ferron / The Baltimore Sun)

Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson remains on injured reserve-designated to return, but expressed optimism that his roster status will change in time for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins.

The Ravens are gauging how Jackson's foot responds to participating in full-team drills before making a decision on whether to place him on the active roster. This week marks the first time Jackson is eligible to play in a game. He's been sidelined since severely spraining his toe against the Indianapolis Colts during a loss at Lucas Oil Stadium on Oct. 5.

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"I've been working so long to get this foot back right," Jackson said. "Hopefully, it will be good the rest of the week and I don't have any setbacks and then it will be up to the coaches at the end of the week. Everything is directed toward Sunday. That's what I'm working for."

Jackson said he's made steady progress with his change of direction and flexibility.

"Yeah, just trying to see how much stress I can put on it without making it regress at all," Jackson said. "Hopefully, by Sunday I'll be feeling good and be ready to go."

The Ravens have fallen to 31st in pass defense in Jackson's absence, allowing 273.9 passing yards per game. Jackson recorded 19 tackles and one pass deflection in four starts this season prior to the injury.

"It's all about getting on the same page," Jackson said. "I don't think any one player or person is going to turn it around for us. I think we need to really get back to the basics a little bit and make sure we're communicating and on the same page and I think that's what we're going to get back to doing this week. I think it's going to pay dividends."

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