It's only been a little over three months since Domonique Foxworth tore his ACL during the first practice of training camp, but already, the Ravens' cornerback is making great strides in his rehab.
"I've been running, changing directions. I squatted 315 [pounds] yesterday," Foxworth said this afternoon. "I'm feeling pretty good right now."
The Ravens' top cornerback won't be playing this year - he was put on Injured Reserve because of the ACL injury, meaning his season was done before it even started.
Although he hopes he's full strength by the time his teammates are wrapping up their 2010 campaign, he says that the ultimate goal is to be healthy by the time OTAs roll around next offseason.
"I definitely think that's attainable," Foxworth said. "The goal that I've set is a more steep goal that that, but it doesn't really matter. Obviously I won't be able to play before the season [ends], but I'd like to be able to. I'd like to be in condition to be ready by the Super Bowl. Obviously I won't be in the game, but I'd like to be able to feel good and cut and change directions. I think it's attainable given the progress I've made so far."
Two of Foxworth's fellow cornerbacks, Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb, both suffered ACL injuries last year and went through the same long, trying rehab. Foxworth said he hasn't talked much with either of those two about their rehab process because, "they have more important things to worry about."
"When we talk, we talk football most of the time," Foxworth said. "Only thing I talked to Fabian about was I was telling him how good I feel, and he was saying, 'Take it easy, because sometimes, it's an illusion.'"
The last time I spoke to the sixth-year pro was during his press conference immediately following his injury. He was incredibly dejected that day, talking about how he felt like he had let his teammates down.
Foxworth was in better spirits today, although he's obviously still disappointed that he isn't able to practice with his teammates and step foot out on the field on gamedays. He's tried to remain a part of things by watching tape with teammates and being around in case any of his fellow defensive backs need him for anything.
"You're never really with the group unless you're on the field," Foxworth said. "No matter what, I don't really feel like I'm a part of it, but when guys, young guys especially, come over and want to watch film together, that's available whenever. We do it sometimes, and we haven't had a big group or anything, but I'm sure at some point, we'll start doing the group meetings at my house again."