OWINGS MILLS — While one veteran wide receiver is making an push to play Sunday, a rookie cornerback looks to miss yet another game.
Receiver Lee Evans was able to practice Monday, participating in individual drills, running routes and running sprints. He said his injured ankle feels better but that it’s still not 100 percent. While there’s still some pain, the key is how the ankle responds when he wakes up Tuesday morning.
“I think we’re on the right path in trying to put some stress on it but not too much to see how it reacts,” Evans said. “When the time is right I’ll be out there on the field.”
Evans did show reservations that his ankle injury could linger throughout the season.
“I hope not but we’ll see,” Evans said. “It’s definitely possible. The goal is to get it to clear up to where I can play and not be hampered. If it’s too much then I won’t be able to play. But playing with a little bit to moderate pain is a part of it.”
Conversely, cornerback Jimmy Smith, who has a high ankle sprain, said he’s unlikely to play Sunday against the Texans.
“I’m optimistic about everything,” Smith told reporters, “but realistically I doubt it.”
Coach John Harbaugh said he’s crossing his fingers that Smith will be ready, but that he doesn’t think he’ll be quite ready.
Evans hasn’t played the last two games before the bye week. His ankle injury was sustained in the preseason, and he tried to play through the pain. But his ankle got worse which forced him to the sideline the past two weeks. Wide receiver Torrey Smith has started for Evans the past two weeks.
Smith, Baltimore’s first round draft choice, sprained his ankle in the season-opener against Pittsburgh on Baltimore’s first kickoff coverage play. He hasn’t played a down of defense this season.
By Jason Butt