Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh discusses the release of running back Justin Forsett and whether there is a rivalry between the Ravens & the Redskins, (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun video)

Ravens rookie running back Kenneth Dixon said he's thankful for the couple of months he's had to learn from Justin Forsett. But with Forsett now looking for work elsewhere after his release Tuesday, Dixon is in line to make his NFL debut Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

"I'm very excited. I'm just practicing as hard as I can, show the coaches that I can play Sunday," Dixon said. "I was out there full speed today. That was pretty good. We just have to come back and see how we can stack a practice tomorrow."


Dixon, a fourth-round pick following a prolific college career at Louisiana Tech, missed the first four games after straining the MCL during the third preseason game on Aug.27.  He returned to practice last week with a brace on his left knee, and he acknowledged Wednesday that he might continue to wear the brace in games.

"I'm 100 percent confident in my knee and my ability, and I feel like I can help the team out," Dixon said.

While he stopped short of saying Dixon will definitely play Sunday, Harbaugh indicated the rookie is 100 percent, a factor that certainly accelerated the team's decision to part ways with Forsett.

"You do what's best for the team," Harbaugh said. "That's the decisions that are made based on roster options and who is available and what you're trying to do going forward."

Several Ravens spoke of how difficult it was to see Forsett let go. The diminutive running back had become a team leader and a popular locker room presence during his three seasons with the Ravens.

"He was a brother," Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said of Forsett. "It's always tough to see guys go, especially a guy like him that I've been in the huddle with, been in battle with and has done so much for us."There are not enough good things that can be said about him."

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