Carr hopes to play in preseason opener

Chris Carr didn’t practice for the second straight day after injuring his hamstring on Saturday, but the cornerback says he’s slowly making progress and hopes to play in Thursday’s preseason opener against the Panthers.

“It feels like it is [improving],” Carr said after today’s practice. “Not as fast as I would like. I don’t like seeing my teammates out there when everybody’s down. It’s tough not being out there when you want to work on your skills, your technique. But I’ll be back soon enough. I don’t want to rush it though, I want to be ready for the season.”

Carr is one of a number of injured Ravens cornerbacks right now.

Domonique Foxworth will miss the entire season with a torn ACL, Lardarius Webb is still on the Physically Unable to Perform list as he recovers from a torn ACL, Fabian Washington is still working back into shape from an ACL tear of his own, and while K.J. Gerard returned to practice today for the first time in nearly a week, he did not see many reps.

In addition, Cary Williams went into the locker room for a portion of today’s practice, and rookie Prince Miller missed the second straight day after the birth of his daughter.

That leaves the Ravens with very little available depth at corner, something that Carr says makes him want to get back out on the field as soon as possible.

“Yeah, it’s one of those things where you’re a competitor, you want to go out there, you want to play, you want to compete,” he said. “And when you’re seeing your safeties and corners out there tired during practice, you feel bad. You feel guilty. But in the back of your mind, you know the ultimate goal is to be ready for the first game, which is the New York Jets.

“So I don’t want to do anything that could cause me to miss a game. I’ve never missed a game before, and I don’t plan on missing a game. But it’s tough because I felt like I’ve been playing well, I’ve been in a groove, and I want to keep going and stay in that groove. But I’ve just got to be smart about it.”

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