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Asa Jackson practices for first time since toe injury

Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson was present for practice on Friday for the first time since going on the IR-designated to return list.

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Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson was able to practice for the first time on Friday since suffering a sprained toe earlier this season.

Jackson has been on the injured reserve-designated to return list since Oct. 8. He's not eligible to return until the Week 14 game against the Miami Dolphins. Having Jackson at practice on Friday does signal that he's on track to return at the earliest possible time he's allowed to.

"I am encouraged to see that. I'm not sure how he looked — we didn't have him in too many of the main drills today," Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters after practice. "I'll have to watch the tape and talk to some of the guys that worked with him in more of the individual drills. But it's good to see him out there. It's good to know that he's now basically been activated to prepare. The first opportunity for him to play would be against the Dolphins, so we'll be hoping for that."

Getting Jackson back would certainly be a boost for the secondary for the home stretch of the season. With all the issues that have taken place in the back end, the Ravens were due to get some good news at the position.