Fabian Washington wanted to be out on the field today with his teammates as they had their first minicamp of the offseason.
Instead, the cornerback was stuck on the sidelines wearing a baseball hat and not a helmet.
Washington is still recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered in November of last year. He will likely be out for another couple months, but expects to be able to suit up when the start of training camp rolls around in late-July.
"I feel pretty good," Washington told me today. "The recovery is ahead of schedule. I plan to be there for training camp, ready to go."
Washington and fellow cornerback Lardarius Webb are both in the same boat; Webb is coming back from an ACL tear as well. Head coach John Harbaugh said today that he's pleased with how both corners are coming along.
Right now, Washington says that his knee is able to handle a lot of movement, but that he plans on taking it slow so he doesn't have anything flare up on him.
"I can run, cut, backpedal, I can do it all," Washington said. "It's just at a little slower pace than normal. I just can't re-injure it or else I'll definitely be gone for the year. So I've got to just take it slow."
ACL rehabs usually tend to take between 9-12 months, but Washington, who has had a number of injuries in his five years in the league, says the rehab process on his knee actually hasn't been that bad.
"I've been through rehab before with my shoulder and neck, so it hasn't been that difficult," Washington said. "I actually think this has been one of the easier ones."
With Washington and Webb out, Chris Carr got the reps at corner alongside Domonique Foxworth during today's minicamp.