Who’s Playing, Who’s Not vs. Bengals

Ravens WR Lee Evans is questionable; Bengals WR A.J. Green is doubtful.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Friday, November 18th, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

Evans Stays Limited, Is Questionable

Lee Evans still hasn’t practiced fully, but he’s been upgraded on the injury report.

Evans is listed as “questionable” to face the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. He was “doubtful” last week.

“I think he’s getting closer, yes,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s definitely getting closer. Just have to see how it goes.”

The deep-threat wide receiver hasn’t played since Week 2 due to an ankle injury that began in the preseason. It’s been a longer-than-expected recovery, but Evans has made progress over the last few weeks.

“It feels alright,” Evans said Friday. “We’ve still got to make a decision. I don’t know what they’re thinking about it, but I had a good week of practice so we’ll see.”

Part of the decision process now is whether Evans is up to speed enough to contribute to the offense. If not, there’s no reason to risk putting him on the field.

“He probably needs a week or two of good practice,” Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron said Thursday. “I think that will help, because some of our other guys are playing really well, and we have some other options until he comes back. We’ll see how the practices go.”

Bengals WR Green Doubtful, DE Dunlap Questionable

Cincinnati’s top offensive playmaker may not suit up.

Rookie wide receiver A.J. Green is listed as doubtful, and according to ESPN insider John Clayton, will not play.

Green hyperextended his knee last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers and didn’t play in the second half. He didn’t practice all week.

ESPN’s Jamison Hensley said the Bengals “won’t beat the Ravens” without Green. He leads the Bengals and NFL rookies in receptions (41), receiving yards (635) and receiving touchdowns (6).

One of the Bengals’ playmakers on defense may also be sidelined.

Second-year defensive end Carlos Dunlap is questionable with a hamstring injury. He was a limited practice participant all week.

Dunlap is the Bengals’ third-down pass rusher, and has three sacks this season. The 6-foot-6 Florida product had 9.5 sacks in 12 games played last year.

The Bengals have 10 players listed as probable, including cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones (groin).

Lewis Isn’t Ruled Out, Ellerbe Is Questionable

According to reports, linebacker Ray Lewis isn’t going to play this weekend and could miss up to four weeks with a toe injury.

Harbaugh did not rule him out, however, and the injury report reflects that. Lewis is questionable.

“The thing about Ray is, Ray is Ray. You can’t count Ray out,” he said. “We’ll find out on Sunday, really.”

If Lewis can’t play, the Ravens may turn to linebacker Dannell Ellerbe – that is if he is healthy enough.

Ellerbe has missed four straight games and five of the last six due to a hamstring injury. He was optimistic Friday after practicing fully for the second straight day.

“I feel like I’m back,” Ellerbe said. “I feel like we did a great job in treatment to get me back on the field. I didn’t feel any tweaks or pulls or aches out there in practice, so I feel like I’m ready to go.”

Two Ravens Are Out

Defensive tackle Arthur Jones and running back Anthony Allen have both been ruled out.

Jones suffered a head injury last week in Seattle. It will be the first game he misses this season. Jones has been cycling into the defensive line and has 13 tackles.

Allen (hamstring) hasn’t been active since Week 6, meaning he will be missing his fifth straight game.

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