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Lee Evans has an “outside chance” of playing Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, according to Head Coach John Harbaugh.
The wide receiver has practiced all week, but only in a limited capacity. He is listed as doubtful on the Ravens’ injury report.
“We’re still working through it,” Harbaugh said. “If we had a situation where we needed him, he could go.”
Baltimore’s offense has done well despite not having Evans, who they traded for this past offseason. Rookie Torrey Smith has provided the deep threat from the No. 2 spot, averaging 19.9 yards per catch and leading the team with four touchdowns.
Evans has been sidelined since Week 2 with his ankle injury. He was playing through it before, but was shut down to let it fully heal.
Close to two months later, Evans said he has been doing progressively more movement in practice throughout the week, and didn’t suffer any setbacks.
“It’s the best I’ve felt in a while,” Evans said Thursday.
“It makes you feel like a football player again, to get out there with the pads on and run around a little bit. We’ve still got a hill to climb, but it was good to get that step out of the way and press forward.”
Suggs and And Reed Just Rested
Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (knee) and safety Ed Reed (shoulder) were surprise additions to Thursday’s injury report, but there’s not much reason to fret.
Both returned to practice in full capacity Friday. They are each listed as probable.
“That was more of a rest issue than anything,” Harbaugh said.
Suggs, who suffered a knee injury in 2009, said, “Sometimes things just flare up. It’s the NFL.”
But he laughed at the notion that he wouldn’t be able to play on Sunday.
“It’s not a big deal,” Suggs said. “You all know the story. If I can breathe, I’m good.”
Reed was not in the Ravens’ locker room on Friday to comment, but it’s not out of the ordinary for him to be given a practice off from time to time.
Ayanbadejo Expected To Pass Brain Test
Inside linebacker and special teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo will take a final brain test Saturday to determine whether he’ll be cleared to play Sunday.
He and Harbaugh said they anticipate he will pass.
“I feel fine,” Ayanbadejo said. “I think I’m going to read online so I can study and see exactly what he’s going to do so I can get a little cheating and get this passed so I can help my team.”
Ayanbadejo said his baseline test was “off” [add quotes] a little bit, which drew some a little bit of concern. His reaction time was a little bit slow, showing the brain hadn’t fully healed. But the expectation is that will happen by Saturday.
Ayanbadejo has been limited in practice all week and hasn’t had any contact. He is listed as questionable on the final injury report.
Ellerbe Is Doubtful, Allen Is Out
Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe had limited practice throughout the week, but is now doubtful to play against the Seahawks.
Ellerbe has been out since the Ravens’ Week 6 game against Houston with a thigh injury that he re-aggravated after originally hurting in Week 3 in St. Louis.
Running back Anthony Allen (thigh) has also been out since the Texans game and will sit versus Seattle.
Seahawks Are Healthy
The Seahawks only have four players on their injury report.
Of note, starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral) and wide receiver Sidney Rice (foot) are both probable to play. Linebacker David Vorora (concussion) has been ruled out.