OWINGS MILLS — Wide receiver Lee Evans, after practicing Monday and Wednesday, was sidelined once again due to a lingering ankle injury.
It’s becoming apparent that Evans may not get his ankle to 100 percent unless he misses a considerable amount of time. His goal has been to be able to play through the pain, as long as it’s not unbearable. Evans injured his ankle during the preseason.
Also absent from practice was left guard Ben Grubbs, who has a toe injury. Grubbs practiced Wednesday but was observing on Thursday, in a jersey but without a helmet. Before practice, he was wearing a protective boot in the locker room. (Grubbs was listed as having limited participation on Thursday’s injury report.)
WR Reed easing back in
Wide receiver/kick returner David Reed, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, practiced for the second consecutive day on Thursday. He said his shoulder responded well after Wednesday’s practice and that it shouldn’t be a problem for him to resume kick return duties. It’s just a matter of him getting up to game speed.
“It’s tough and I’ve got to get my body back into it,” Reed said. “There’s a couple of things in practice I have to do.”
Reed isn’t sure if he’ll play Sunday or not. He also isn’t sure if he’ll be integrated back as the third receiver in the offense.
“The young boys (receivers Torrey Smith, LaQuan Williams) have been doing a great job at it,” he said. “I’ve just got to see if I can contribute any way I can.”
Ngata appeals fine for late hit
Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata is awaiting word on an appeal he filed for a $15,000 fine the NFL issued against him. He was fined for leading with his head when tackling Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez from behind.
Ngata is hoping to have his fine, at minimum, reduced.
Ravens ask fans to show up early for faster entry into stadium
Two weeks ago, fans complained about long lines and hour-long wait times to get into M&T Bank Stadium for the Ravens-Jets game. This week, the Ravens say that will be fixed as they are working to get fans in faster.
“We will do a better job of getting our fans into M&T Bank Stadium this Sunday in a timely fashion,” the Ravens said in a statement. “We do ask fans to arrive earlier, because our increased security practices make for a longer entrance process.”
Full injury report
Did not participate: Wide receiver Lee Evans (ankle), cornerback Jimmy Smith (ankle), cornerback Chris Carr (hamstring), safety Tom Zbikowski (concussion).
Limited: Left guard Ben Grubbs (toe).
Full participation: Running back Anthony Allen (thigh), safety Haruki Nakamura (knee), linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring), wide receiver/kick returner David Reed.