Wide receiver Lee Evans has missed the Ravens' last five games with an ankle injury, and that streak will reach six games when Evans does not suit up Sunday night against the Steelers.
But despite the veteran wide receiver's lingering injury and lack of progress in his rehab over the last couple months, head coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens have not thought about putting Evans on season-ending injured reserve.
"We have not considered that because we are confident he'll be out in the next few weeks and able to play," Harbaugh said. "He's making good progress of late. He should play for us before too long."
Told of Harbaugh's comments, Evans said he appreciated the team continuing to have faith in him.
"We had never talked about it, but it's reassuring that they still on for playing with it," Evans said. "I think where we are now, we're certainly a lot better, and hopefully I'll hear soon that (I'll) be up."
Evans did not participate in practice at all this week, but he says he's continuing to make progress as the days go on.
"Absolutely," he said. "I think that's what's giving everybody optimism."
Last week, Evans likened his recovery to someone trying to lose 20 lbs. The first 15 lbs. are the easiest, Evans said, but the final five are the toughest to lose.
Playing off that analogy, Evans said he feels he's in the final stages of his recovery.
"It's getting closer," Evans said. "I'm under the five (lbs.) now."