Evans Expects To Play Again This Season

CB Jimmy Smith says he hasn’t had a setback and his ankle is healing day to day.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink, Week 7 at Jaguars

How much longer wide receiver Lee Evans will be out is still a mystery.

But Ravens fans can take solace in one thing.

Today, Evans told Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times that he expects to play again this season and that surgery on his ankle is still not an option.

“I’ve got to be effective out there,” Evans said. “I can’t just go out there just to go out there.

“It’s to the point now where I can’t even answer any more questions about it. It’s going to be what it is. We’ll see.”

The veteran wide receiver, who has been replaced in the starting rotation by rookie Torrey Smith, has been out since Week 2. He played through two games with some pain, catching two passes for 45 yards, before shutting it down to give himself time to heal.

But that hasn’t completely happened yet more than a month later.

“We thought it would be fine by now, and it’s just going a lot slower than we thought,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said last Friday. “We say we’re day-to-day on it. … It’s been very disappointing; no one’s been more surprised than all of us. But, [we'll] just wait and see if the doctors can figure it out. He has to keep working on it.”

Another Raven on the mend is rookie cornerback Jimmy Smith, who suffered a high ankle sprain against the Pittsburgh Steelers on the season’s opening kickoff. He did not divulge any timetable on his return to inquiring reporters Wednesday.

“I’m very optimistic about the comeback,” Smith said. “I think my ankle is healing day to day. So far, no, no setbacks.”

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