AFC North: Kevin Mawae

INDIANAPOLIS -- There's a chance that Domonique Foxworth's playing career could be over.

Foxworth, 28, has only played two games the past two seasons because of a right knee injury. The Ravens cornerback declined to comment on the status of his knee today.

"I don't really have anything to say about it," Foxworth said after the NFL Players Association meeting at the Super Bowl.

Could the knee stop him from ever playing again? "That's a tough question," he said.

Foxworth was the Ravens' top free-agent addition in 2009, when he signed a four-year, $27.2 million deal. He is expected to be cut by the Ravens this season because he is due $5.6 million in 2012.

After recording four interceptions in 2009, his first season with the team, Foxworth tore his ACL in a non-contact drill on the first day of training camp in 2010. He was unable to regain his starting spot last season and managed to play in two games before getting placed on injured reserve on Sept. 28.

"I feel like I probably shouldn't talk about anything in depth until I talk to the team," Foxworth said.

Foxworth's future could be in the players union. He's a member of the NFLPA executive committee and could be in line to become president. Kevin Mawae's run as president ends in March.

"It's been brought up a few times," Foxworth said of his candidacy. "We'll see. I'm a real proponent of [Colts center] Jeff [Saturday] running and he's a proponent of me running. And there's always other people. There's plenty of great leaders on our executive committee."

Foxworth added, "I'm not ruling it out but I'm definitely not throwing my hat in the ring right now."

Ravens-Titans inactives

January, 10, 2009

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The inactives for the Ravens-Titans game are in and include no major surprises.

Tennessee receiver Paul Williams, who was active for only five regular-season games, is up, while receiver Lavelle Hawkins, who played in 13 games, is down. Watch to see how much of a chance Williams is given to contribute on special teams.


QB Chris Simms
WR Chris Davis
CB Tyrone Poole
RB Chris Henry
TE Casey Cramer
C Kevin Mawae
WR Lavelle Hawkins
DE Dave Ball


QB Todd Bouman
WR Terrance Copper
CB Evan Oglesby
RB Jalen Parmele
OLB Antwan Barnes
ILB Robert McCune
OT Oniel Cousins
OL David Hale

Posted by Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson

The Titans haven't exactly feasted on patsies to stay undefeated and at the top of the AFC South. But for a team that relies so heavily on the ground game, the Ravens' No. 2-ranked rushing defense has to be considered Tennessee's biggest potential hurdle to date.

Moving the ball against coordinator Rex Ryan's high-tempo and versatile defense won't be an easy task, especially for a Titans club that lacks a big-play receiver and has hitched its wagon to journeyman backup quarterback Kerry Collins. But it can be done, and Tennessee probably won't need an inordinate amount of points from the offense to walk away 5-0.

The Titans' two-headed rushing attack is so effective because powerful running back LenDale White and speedy rookie Chris Johnson are polar opposites who provide a fastball/changeup combo that is difficult to prepare for and adjust to. That, and the team has no shortage of able and willing blockers to create space for that duo to maintain and finish drives.

White is a punisher by nature, but he has lighter feet than most running backs his size and maneuvers well in tight quarters. Repeatedly tackling the 235-pounder quickly grows tiresome for defenders, and White can be especially physical on isolation runs burrowing behind underrated fullback Ahmard Hall, a bruiser in his own right.

Meanwhile, Johnson has elite speed and can threaten the edge like few runners in the NFL. He has excellent vision and impressive patience. (Tennessee has begun using a stretch play to better utilize his impressive skills.) He can change a game in one play if he clears the second level of defense, and the additional threat of his pass-catching ability may force Ryan to tone down his blitz (which can benefit Collins and the run game). Johnson can have success stretching the field, possibly from a detached position, against the Ravens' heavier 3-4 linebackers.

The unsung heroes are the blockers. Veteran center Kevin Mawae, the unit's leader, is smart, tough and gets everyone on the same page. Left tackle Michael Roos, an athletic finesse blocker, is one of the league's best at his position. Right tackle David Stewart, a mauler, is a nasty strong-side blocker who excels in the run game. Hall is no household name, but maybe he should be. A prototype downhill isolation blocker, he can blow a linebacker out of the hole in short-yardage situations or find a smaller safety on outside runs. The versatile tight ends are chess pieces who can be moved around to create better run-blocking angles. Even the wide receivers are accomplished blockers, a trait coach Jeff Fisher covets.

Tennessee's run game typically tilts to the right, behind Stewart, and that should hold true against Baltimore -- especially early. Stewart will have his hands full with oversized defensive end Trevor Pryce, but Hall and the tight ends provide extra muscle. The Titans can't quit on this strategy if it doesn't pan out initially. Hammering the right side will encourage aggressive right outside linebacker Terrell Suggs to cheat on his back-side contain responsibilities and flatten out down the line in pursuit. If the Titans notice this tendency, expect Johnson to get his chances to cut back against the grain into the area Suggs vacated. That's a recipe for long runs against a defense that doesn't give up many.

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