He might not have made a catch in his 2010 debut, but wide receiver Donte' Stallworth still impressed the Ravens' coaching staff with his play this last Sunday against the Dolphins.
The Miami game marked Stallworth's first regular season game action since December of 2008. He missed the first seven games this season because of a broken left foot, but was able to put on the pads and give it a go on Sunday, and head coach John Harbaugh liked what he saw in the receiver's return to the field.
"Donte' looked good, and he's a guy that's going to be a real threat, I think, vertically for some people," head coach John Harbaugh said. "And when I say that, it's down that way, but it's also across the field. He stretches the field both ways, vertically and horizontally. He's just a guy that we want to continue to expand his role as much as we can."
Stallworth estimated that he played about 15 to 20 snaps against Miami, which he says is what he expected coming into the game.
He wasn't targeted by quarterback Joe Flacco on any of those plays, but said after the game that he felt good about his debut.
"It feels good being out there," Stallworth said. "I thought there was going to be some moment of clarity, but it was back to work. It was fun being out there. It's been a while, about 22, 23 months.
"Just getting back out there with the fellas helping to try to win a ball game felt pretty good.
The Ravens will ease Stallworth back into more action on the offensive side of the ball as the season progresses, and he could be an option for punt return duties down the road as well.
For now, the eight-year veteran says he's just trying to shake off the rust and make sure he doesn't have any setbacks with the foot.
"The main thing right now is to make sure I take care of it," he said. "I felt good. That's the most important thing. I want to continue to keep everything in perspective with the foot."