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Ravens confident in Fitzgerald Toussaint, who could be activated from practice squad

Former Michigan standout Fitzgerald Toussaint might be active for the Ravens on Sunday.
Former Michigan standout Fitzgerald Toussaint might be active for the Ravens on Sunday. (Chuck Cook/USA TODAY Sports)

When the Ravens lined rookie running back Fitzgerald Toussaint in the backfield during the preseason, he was extremely productive.

That success has translated into Toussaint's work on the Ravens' practice squad and could lead to him being active Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Toussaint could be promoted because rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro is questionable due to a sprained foot and is expected to miss Sunday's game, according to a source.

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"Definitely, I'm always prepared," said Toussaint, who rushed for 648 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior at Michigan. "I try to do everything every week as I'm playing. As a practice-squad guy, you don't want to get caught off-guard."

Toussaint, who also had 18 receptions for 203 yards last season, had an impressive game against the New Orleans Saints in the Ravens' preseason finale, running with power and vision to gain a game-high 103 yards.

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"My confidence is every bit the same when I go out there against the defense," Toussaint said. "I kind of put away the preseason. I know there's a difference even though I haven't played."

Toussaint auditioned for the Ravens at their rookie minicamp and earned a roster spot.

Toussaint rushed for 1,041 yards and nine touchdowns in 2011 when he earned All-Big Ten Conference honorable-mention honors. The 5-foot-9, 204-pound back ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds at his campus Pro Day workout and bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times.

"Fitz has done a great job," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Friday. "He comes out here and he goes against our defense and they get after him pretty good. He plays the game pretty much on Wednesday and Thursday as much as you can simulate it. He's ready to go and we have a lot of confidence in him."

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