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Ravens activate Asa Jackson from injured reserve-designated to return, slated to play extensively

In a move that should help their secondary Sunday, the Ravens activated cornerback Asa Jackson from IR.

The Ravens made it official Saturday, activating cornerback Asa Jackson from injured reserve-designated to return and placing cornerback Tramain Jacobs on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

Jackson is slated to play extensively Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, according to sources.

Jackson's addition to the active roster is expected to impact the playing time of cornerback Anthony Levine, a converted safety who has been starting, as well as nickel back Danny Gorrer.

The Ravens regard Jackson as a talented, emerging young player and are eager to get him on the field to provide a boost to their 31st-ranked pass defense.

Jackson had 19 tackles and a pass defended in five games played and four starts before suffering a severe sprained toe against the Indianapolis Colts during an October loss at Lucas Oil Stadium.

"I think Asa is a quick little player," defensive coordinator Dean Pees said Thursday. "I think he’s playing good. I think he was playing good before he got hurt. I think he’s playing really, really well. Now time will tell.

"You can’t really tell out here in practice until the bullets start flying if he’s back to where he was, but he seems to be moving well and doing fine. I think he’ll really help us back there, at least basically in the slot."

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