Who’s Playing, Who’s Not vs. Jets

Lee Evans is one of four Ravens out for Sunday’s matchup with the New York Jets.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Friday, September 30th, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy, Week 4 vs Jets

Evans Is Out

The Ravens will play a second week without receiver Lee Evans, as the veteran was listed as out for their upcoming battle with the New York Jets.

Evans is nursing an ankle injury that kept him on the sideline last Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.

That opened up an opportunity for rookie Torrey Smith to get the first start of his career and pushed fellow rookie LaQuan Williams into duty with the offense.

“I don’t think we’ll see Lee right now,” said Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh. “There’s just something in there that’s hurting him a little bit. So, we’ll just go with the young guys.”

Evans said he had a second magnetic resonance imaging exam that confirmed there was no fracture. Now, Evans is looking to return to the field the first week after the bye against the Houston Texans.

“Nothing’s certain in this world, but it has a much higher probability of happening now than it did before,” Evans said. “I’m feeling good about what we’ve done so far, so I’m shooting for the Texans, no doubt.

“It’s making a lot of progress now, so I think that’s what we’re looking at. Yeah, it took a little longer than we thought, but it’s making good progress right now. So, this bye is coming at the right time. We’ll use that, and then move through the rest of the season.”

Harbaugh said there is concern about the injury because it hasn’t healed as quickly as initially expected.

“Yeah, I’m worried about it now, because it’s lasted longer than I thought it would,” Harbaugh said of Evans’ ankle. “As a coach, sure you start thinking, ‘Well, what’s the deal?’ But, we’ll just have to see where it goes.

“I’m planning on him being back for the Houston game, but we’ll have to see.”

In addition to Evans, cornerback Jimmy Smith (ankle), wideout David Reed (shoulder) and safety Haruki Nakamura (knee) will not play.

50/50 On Grubbs

There is a 50-percent chance that starting left guard Ben Grubbs suits up on Sunday, as his toe injury kept him out of Wednesday and Friday’s practices.

Grubbs was limited on Thursday.

“I think we’re more concerned with the toe healing than we are with the reps,” said Harbaugh. “It’s going to be a game-time decision. We’ll put him out there and let him play if he can.

“It’s been three weeks for a toe, so I think he’s got a pretty good chance. But, you just can’t control that stuff; we’ll have to see what happens.”

Instead of Grubbs, the Ravens would likely insert Andre Gurode into the starting lineup as they did in the Rams game.

The same status applies to cornerback Chris Carr, who was also listed as questionable with a nagging thigh injury.

Carr wasn’t on the injury report until Friday, when he was listed as not participating in practice. If he cannot play, the Ravens’ other cornerbacks are rookie Chykie Brown and Danny Gorrer, who was brought up from the practice squad.

Birk, Redding Probable

The Ravens will likely have the services of first-team defensive end Cory Redding (toe) and center Matt Birk (knee).

Both Redding and Birk sat out Wednesday’s practice but were full participants later in the week.

“I only get 16 chances to go out and do what I do. I don’t want a toe to hold that up,” said Redding. “I have to think about my teammates and go out there and play hard.”

For The Jets

Much has been made of cornerback Antonio Cromartie’s bruised ribs, but the Pro Bowler should be out there for the Jets.

Cromartie is probable, along with wideout Plaxico Burress (hamstring), defensive lineman Mike DeVito (shoulder), linebacker David Harris (toe), wideout Santonio Holmes (shoulder) and defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder).

Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold is questionable with a high-ankle sprain he suffered in Week 2. Mangold did not play last Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, and the Jets allowed four sacks. He practiced on a limited basis on Friday.

Receiver Logan Payne is out due to a wrist injury.

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