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The Ravens have not yet received the results from an MRI, but it looks like safety Haruki Nakamura could be back in a month, Head Coach John Harbaugh said Monday.
Nakamura suffered a posterior cruciate ligament injury while covering a punt at the end of the first quarter Sunday in St. Louis.
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He was originally helped off the field, but walked to the locker room under his own power and was walking around the Ravens’ training facility on Monday.
“It looks promising in terms of him being able to come back,” Harbaugh said. “Maybe a month or so, we’ll see.”
The Ravens are not planning on making any roster moves to add another safety at this time, but that could always change, Harbaugh said.
Without Nakamura, the Ravens still have Ed Reed, Tom Zbikowski and Bernard Pollard. Undrafted rookie free agent Mana Silva is on the practice squad.
“We’ll be talking about it,” Harbaugh said. “I think we’re OK with the guys we have because Chris Carr can go back there and swing at safety and Lardarius [Webb] could go back and swing at safety if we needed him to – those guys who play in the slot.”
Nakamura was also providing another versatile defensive back to the banged-up cornerback corps.
That unit was bolstered by the return of Chris Carr against the Rams, and will be further strengthened when rookie Jimmy Smith is able to return from his high ankle injury.
Smith, who isn’t expected to be back until after the bye, tweeted Monday afternoon, “Feeling good after treatment today.. ankle is doin way better.. were gettin closer.”
Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe’s hamstring – the only other reported injury after Sunday’s game – doesn’t look to be a big issue. Harbaugh said the team would monitor it this week and have a better idea on Friday of whether he’ll be able to play against the New York Jets.
Harbaugh also said he’s not sure whether wide receiver Lee Evans and guard Ben Grubbs will be able to lace it up for Sunday Night Football.
“I have no idea,” Harbaugh said. “It’s probably two different cases. We’ll just have to see how it goes this week and see where they’re at, probably watch to see if they can practice or not and if they can practice how it responds the next day.”