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Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson making progress while on IR-designated to return

Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson.
Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Injured Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson measures his progress incrementally.

Placed on injured reserve-designated to return after suffering a severely sprained toe against the Indianapolis Colts in an Oct. 5 loss, Jackson is looking forward to getting out of a walking boot in the near future.

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Then, Jackson will work to advance to light jogging and running in hopes of returning to practice when he's eligible six weeks after the injury.

"I'll be out of the boot soon," Jackson said Friday. "I'm looking forward to that and getting back into game shape. I've been doing a lot of pool work and a lot of riding the bike right now. I'm trying to stay in shape. I'm feeling better every day. I've been lifting five days a week. I'm getting stronger."

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Under NFL rules, Jackson isn't eligible to play in a game until eight weeks after he was placed on the reserve list.

Jackson recorded 19 tackles in four starts this season prior to the injury. For a defense that's going to be without cornerback Jimmy Smith for several weeks because he sprained his left foot, the return of Jackson can't come soon enough.

"I'm looking forward to coming back and being at full shape and full strength soon," Jackson said. "I just have to stay patient and keep working hard."

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