For the second straight year, Domonique Foxworth is heading to injured reserve.
With Foxworth unable to come back from a torn right ACL in time to be a factor this season, the Ravens have placed the veteran cornerback on IR, ending his season.
Foxworth tore the ACL last July, and it normally takes a little over a year for a player to fully recover from such an injury. Thanks in part to the lockout, which limited his ability to rehab at team headquarters under the eye of the training staff, Foxworth was never able to get back on track over the last couple months.
The former Maryland Terrapin’s play had clearly suffered, he admitted last week that he was still in pain, and he was declared a gameday inactive for Sunday’s game against the Rams.
Instead of going on a week-to-week basis with Foxworth the rest of the season and hoping he’d be able to get back into playing condition, the Ravens decided to clear a roster spot, which they will use to re-sign linebacker Prescott Burgess.
Cut by the Ravens at the end of the preseason, Burgess will give Baltimore improved depth at inside linebacker, which is needed after Dannell Ellerbe injured his hamstring last week in St. Louis.
Signed to a four-year, $27.2 million contract three years ago, it’s hard to imagine Foxworth finishing out that deal with the Ravens next year.
Foxworth is owed $5.6 million in base salary next season, and given his injury issues, it’s reasonable to expect the Ravens will cut ties with the corner after this year.