Outlook ‘promising’ on Nakamura

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OWINGS MILLS — The Ravens are still awaiting the MRI results of safety Haruki Nakamura’s knee, which was injured in Baltimore’s 37-7 win over St. Louis on Sunday.

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Nakamura injured his PCL with an MRI revealing to what extent. Coach John Harbaugh said Nakamura will be out “a month or so,” but that his injury is “promising.” There is a slight chance the Ravens make a roster move to find another safety to back up Ed Reed at the free safety position. But Harbaugh said they like who they have now as cornerbacks Chris Carr and Lardarius Webb can play safety if an emergency is needed.

Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe injured his hamstring against St. Louis but Harbaugh said it wasn’t serious. Ellerbe will be a day-to-day case with his availability for the Jets game depending on how he does well in practice this week.

Harbaugh is still uncertain on the statuses of wide receiver Lee Evans and cornerback Domonique Foxworth. Both missed game action on Sunday. Evans was ruled out last Friday but Foxworth being inactive was somewhat of a surprise. Foxworth practiced last week but it remains clear his knee isn’t 100 percent.

Rookies step up

Harbaugh was asked if he would need to remind rookie receiver Torrey Smith that not every week would be as easy as the St. Louis game. Evans hauled in five catches for 152 yards and three touchdowns, and caught a lateral that he took for 10 rushing yards. His first three catches went for touchdowns.

“I hope I don’t have to tell (Smith) that,” Harbaugh said. ” But we plan on every week being like that, so we’ll see how it goes. Every week of practice needs to be like that.”

Harbaugh was also pleased with rookie receiver LaQuan Williams’ play. Williams had 60 kick return yards and caught his first NFL pass, which went good for seven yards.

Harbaugh was particularly pleased with Williams’ reception as it came thanks to Williams correctly identifying a St. Louis blitz. Williams communicated with quarterback Joe Flacco at the line of scrimmage and the two made the play.

“For a rookie receiver to pick that up in his first ever outing, that’s pretty impressive,” Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh on keeping Flacco in: ‘We did the right thing’

With the game out of reach in the fourth quarter, Flacco stayed in.

Harbaugh has taken some heat for not putting backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor in but defended his decision on Monday.

“After thinking about it I think we did the right thing,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t know what you gain by your quarterback going into a situation, handing it off three times, taking a knee twice and facing one 3rd-and-11.

Harbaugh’s point was this: By putting the other backups in — such as running back Anthony Allen and wide receiver Tandon Doss, and other backup offensive linemen — they will get to receive needed work with Flacco in case they’re pressed into duty.

“I’d like to see the history on quarterbacks getting hurt at the end of games like that,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t think there is much. But it’s always a concern.”

By Jason Butt

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