Evans still not 100 percent with injured ankle

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OWINGS MILLS — Wide receiver Lee Evans said he’s hoping to play against St. Louis on Sunday.

He missed practice Wednesday to help rest his injured ankle, which has given him problems for over a month.

“You know that rest is one of the biggest things for it which is why we try to approach the week the way we do,” Evans said. “You want to be smart and not have this thing linger through the whole season.”

The Ravens acquired Evans in a trade with Buffalo during the preseason to help stretch the field. But Evans, as well as coach John Harbaugh, have both admitted that he hasn’t been able to play up to his ability because of the injury.

While he can run in a straight line fine, Evans said cutting during routes and changing speeds have been the most bothersome while playing.

“That’s where I’m getting into a little bit of trouble,” Evans said.

Evans has worn a protective boot to help his ankle heal, and for comfort, which sends off a panic alert to fans who may think he’s broken a bone, he joked. Evans said trainers have told him he can’t do any further damage to his ankle by playing on it. It’s just a matter of  decreasing the pain in the ankle to be able to play at a higher level.

“We’re tyring to figure out if we can manage it during the week and still play on Sunday,” he said.

WR Reed said he was ‘cheap shotted’ against Tennessee

Wide receiver/kick returner David Reed said a Tennessee player “cheap shotted” him on a kickoff coverage play that left him with an injured AC joint in his shoulder.

The injury can last anywhere from three to six weeks, but Reed is confident that he’ll be back after the Ravens’ bye week (Week 5). When telling reporters a Titans player (whom he couldn’t identify or remember) hit him after the whistle, safety Haruki Nakamura walked by and yelled, “Tell them it was a cheap shot. He shouldn’t have done that.”

On the kickoff coverage play, Reed was lined up at the L5 position, which attacks the return team’s wedge. Reed, at 6-0, 190 pounds, is typically undersized for this position. Reed was also hurt playing the L5 position last year.

“I’m fast so I can get around those guys pretty easy and make the tackle,” Reed said. “But it is a tough position.”

Reed hadn’t dealt with injuries before until the last couple of seasons. He began training camp halfway through due to a wrist injury.

“I’m fast so I can get around those guys pretty easy and make the tackle,” Reed said. “But it is a tough position.”

Grubbs to be game-time decision against St. Louis

Left guard Ben Grubbs’ toe injury isn’t healing as fast as he’d want, he said on Wednesday.

Grubbs told reporters that he bruised his toe and strained a ligament. Grubbs will once again be a game-time decision this Sunday. Against Tennessee, backup offensive lineman Mark LeVoir started in his place.

“If I can’t push off of it then I can’t play,” Grubbs said.

Rams’ no-huddle offense worrisome

Harbaugh has his hands full this week when gameplanning for the no-huddle St. Louis likes to employ.

The style of passing offense might be similar to Tennessee’s as the Rams will try to get the ball out of quarterback Sam Bradford’s hands quick and to the wideouts in intermediate routes. But keeping up with St. Louis’ tempo will be challenging, said Harbaugh.

“We’ll practice the communication part of it the best we can,” Harbaugh said. “It’s hard to get the tempo because you want to get the look right when you’re looking off the card. Sometimes your offense can help you with that, too, in some things that we do. But, really, it’s hard. You really can’t replicate it in practice at this time of year.”

Injury report

Wide receiver Lee Evans (ankle), wide receiver/kick returner David Reed (shoulder), left guard Ben Grubbs (toe), cornerback Jimmy Smith (ankle), nose tackle Terrence Cody (concussion) and defensive end Cory Redding (undisclosed) did not practice Wednesday.

By Jason Butt
sports@baltimoreguide.com 

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