A day after finding out that he tore the ACL is his right knee and will be out for the entire 2010 season, Domonique Foxworth is obviously still incredibly disappointed.
But the 27-year-old cornerback was somehow able to muster up a smile when asked if he can explain all the injuries to the Baltimore secondary when the rest of the roster remains in good shape physically.
"I guess [secondary coach] Chuck Pagano needs to go to church more," Foxworth joked.
That was about the only moment of levity during Foxworth's seven minute talk with reporters in the Ravens team hotel. The rest of the press conference was filled with comments from a cornerback who is clearly upset to have his season end before it could begin.
Foxworth said he injured his knee when trying to change directions during a low-tempo drill yesterday, something he says he's done a million times in his career.
"This time," he said, "it just didn't work."
Foxworth said he wasn't sure it was serious right away and actually tried to walk it off after resting on the ground for about a minute.
"I was just trying to be upbeat an optimistic, telling everybody that I was going to be OK and I was going to play," he said. "Then we got the images done, and they told me a different story."
How's he reacting to the injury?
"It's a ton of emotions, but the biggest one I'm feeling, and I know it's probably unfounded, I just feel like I'm letting people down," Foxworth said. "I know everyone's excited about this team and excited about the season, and my teammates I know how excited we are. The fans, the entire organization, from Mr. Bisciotti on down to the people who clean up, I know everyone's excited about what we were going to do. And I just feel like I let a bunch of people down.
"I know it's stupid and everyone keeps saying 'You didn't do it on purpose', but still, if you're expecting to be there to help buttress this team in some way and then you're not, it doesn't matter why you're not. The fact is you're not there."
Foxworth says he still plans to stay involved with the team throughout the season, tossing out the possibility of the defensive backs coming to his house to watch tape prior to games.
"I'm going to find a way to contribute, because if they win the Super Bowl, I want to be able to wear the ring with pride and say that I had something to do with it," Foxworth said. "Even if it's not on the field."