OWINGS MILLS — Wide receiver Lee Evans will not play against the Jets this Sunday, said Ravens coach John Harbaugh on Friday.
Evans injured his ankle against the Redskins in Week 3 of the preseason. The injury has gotten progressively worse and has limited what he can do on the field. An MRI revealed no bone breaks, cracks or fractures, but there is stress in the muscles and on the bone. It would be considered a high ankle injury, which are tough to come back from quick.
“I’m worried about it now,” Harbaugh said. “It’s lasted longer than I thought it would.”
Evans missed last week’s game against St. Louis as well, but wasn’t missed much on the field. Rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith stepped in and caught five passes for 152 yards and three touchdowns. Smith’s three touchdowns came on his first three receptions of his NFL career in the first quarter.
Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, speaking to New York reporters, didn’t seem worried about a repeat performance.
“He had one big game,” Cromartie said. “That’s it.”
Smith heard the comment but didn’t take it as trash talk.
“What he said was true,” Smith said. “It’s not like it’s shots fired or anything. He didn’t say anything but the truth.”
Evans said his goal is to return to the field against the Texans, after next week’s bye.
“Luckily there was no type of fracture,” Evans said. “I have to give it a little time to heal.”
Grubbs a game-time decision
Left guard Ben Grubbs (toe) will be a game time decision, said Harbaugh. Grubbs was not seen practicing during the portion of practice open to the media on Friday.
Grubbs practiced Thursday for the first time since injuring his toe in Week 1 against Pittsburgh.
“We’re more concerned with the toe healing than the reps,” Harbaugh said.
UFC fighters visit The Castle
UFC fighters Urijah Faber and Danny Castillo stopped by the Ravens’ facility on Friday and watched the team practice.
Harbaugh was asked if he’d ask them to suit up Sunday.
“They’re a little small,” he said, smiling. “But they’re feisty though. If we get in a fight we’ll keep them close by.”
In addition to Evans and Grubbs, cornerback Jimmy Smith (ankle), linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring), wide receiver/kick returner David Reed (shoulder) and safety Haruki Nakamura (knee) were not practicing. For the official injury report later in the day, visit the CBSSports.com Ravens RapidReports page.
By Jason Butt