Ravens notebook: Foxworth's knee improving

Domonique Foxworth worked with the Ravens' starting defense for the first time in a couple of weeks, a sign that his surgically repaired knee is improving.

Foxworth, who started every game in 2009, missed last season when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on the eve of training camp.

"I feel good now. I can finish practice, I think I can finish a game," Foxworth said. "We'll see. I'm definitely not as good as I was. [The knee] doesn't feel as good as it did. … It's about getting my explosion back. There are glimpses of it."

Foxworth suffered a setback this summer and missed the preseason opener at Philadelphia. He made a brief appearance in Friday's preseason game and ran with the second team.

"It's preseason, [and] they've taken care of me," Foxworth said. "That's the mistake we made the first time. I was full speed all the time."

Foxworth can't predict how far along he'll be by Sept. 11, when the Ravens open the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But he's following the rehabilitation program the Ravens used to get Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington back from ACL surgery a year ago.

"They've done it with other players before," Foxworth said. "This is my first time with an ACL, but it's not our training staff's first time, and it's not our coaches' first time. So I'm just going to trust in them, and whatever they think is right, I'm going to do."

Revisiting Beck trade

It was just more than a year ago when the Ravens traded John Beck to the Washington Redskins for cornerback Doug Dutch.

Beck is battling for the Redskins' starting quarterback job, and Dutch is out of football. When the Ravens made the move, they had Marc Bulger as their primary backup and needed depth at cornerback.

"I think last year's circumstances when we went out there to get Marc Bulger and go with two quarterbacks were a unique opportunity," Cameron said.

Cameron was the Miami Dolphins' coach in 2007, when the team selected Beck in the second round. Beck served as the Ravens' No. 3 quarterback in 2009 after the Dolphins waived him.

The Ravens will face Beck on Thursday when they play the Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium.

"He's one of the harder workers I've been around," Cameron said. "I'm hearing good things about what he's doing. I think everybody around here has a lot of respect for him because he worked hard when he was here. Nothing John can do in a positive way would surprise me. That's the kind of person he is, the kind of worker he is. We all wish him well."

Comparing fan bases

New Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson, who played last season for the Ravens, said there is no comparison between the fan bases of the two regional rivals.

Wilson grew up in the Washington area and rooted for the Redskins.

"One thing about it, they have nowhere near the tradition of Redskins fans," Wilson told The Washington Post with a grin. "My uncle is 50-so years old and all they know are Redskins, and you'd almost think somebody's died when the Redskins have lost. And now I'm getting all these phone calls asking, 'What do you think about this?' and they think I'm going to give them all the insight, and I'm like, 'Get out of here!' But the Ravens have a strong fan base up there. They're growing and getting kind of that establishment that the Redskins already have."

End zone

Jarret Johnson, the most durable player in Ravens history, missed his second straight day of practice with a back injury. The linebacker has played in 113 consecutive games, the longest streak in team history. Others not practicing were: center Matt Birk (knee), wide receivers Justin Harper (undisclosed), James Hardy (hamstring) and Terrell Zachery (undisclosed) and defensive back Marcus Paschal (quadriceps). … After watching Bernard Pollard run with the first-team defense all last week, safety Tom Zbikowski is starting next to Ed Reed in practice. That starting jobs there and at inside linebacker next to Ray Lewis remain open competitions. "I think it's all going to shake itself out," defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano said. … Cary Williams continued to work with the first team at cornerback. Foxworth and rookie first-round pick Jimmy Smith alternated at the other starting spot. … Wilson isn't the only ex-Ravens player starting for the Redskins. Chris Chester, a second-round pick in 2006, is Washington's right guard.

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