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Ravens cornerback Jerraud Powers said he's "closer to 100" percent, expects to play at Browns

In seven years with the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals, Jerraud Powers had played in every season-opening game. That streak came to an end when the cornerback was forced to miss the Ravens' 13-7 win against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, but he vowed to play in Sunday's road opener against the Cleveland Browns.

"I'd say I'm closer to 100 [percent]," Powers said Wednesday afternoon of his health. "There's still some soreness every now and then, but it's just something you deal with. But today, I felt great at practice. I got through the whole practice without any problems. I felt fine."

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The 5-foot-10, 193-pound Powers signed with the team on May 13 to be the primary nickel back paired with cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Shareece Wright. But he injured his ankle when his cleat got caught in the turf in an exhibition contest at Lucas Oil Stadium on Aug. 20 and was held out for the remainder of the preseason.

Powers praised coach John Harbaugh and the medical staff for keeping him out of Sunday's game, but acknowledged that it was difficult to be on the inactive list.

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"Being in my eighth year in the league, I hadn't missed a season opener," he said. "So that was a first for me, just to stand on the sideline in street clothes while everybody else was playing. It was a greater feeling, a happy feeling just to see how well we played on defense and seeing the focus and determination that we had. But I definitely wanted to be out there on Opening Day."

Powers' return to practice Wednesday was already a success one as he said he did not suffer a setback.

"It meant a lot," he said. "Just dealing with the ankle injury, there's really not much that you can do except let it heal and get ready. I was looking out the window and watching these guys practice and just wishing I could be out there. So it meant a lot to be out there."

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