Chris Carr is done trying to come back and play when he's less than 100 percent healthy.
He's tried that a few times before, with negative results.
Carr's injured hamstring has started to improve over the last few weeks, and the veteran cornerback was finally able to return to practice yesterday in a limited capacity. Carr said today that he hopes to play Monday night when the Ravens take on the Jaguars, and is preparing as if he'll suit up. But if he feels like he's not at full strength, he's not going to take the risk.
"I'm definitely going to be on the safer side of things," Carr said. "Before, I'd have a little pain here and there in practice or in the game, and I was probably 90-95 (percent). I'm not going to do that anymore. It's not worth the risk. The way we're playing, it's not like our defense is last in the NFL and they need a savior and nobody's playing well. Everybody's playing well, so it's not necessarily that they need me out there. I'm definitely going to be smart about it."
Carr has only played two games this season because of the hamstring injury, which initially popped up back in training camp. He's had multiple setbacks since then, the most recent of which came in practice three weeks ago as the Ravens were preparing for their Week 4 matchup with the Jets.
Yesterday, Carr felt he was healthy enough to test out the hamstring in practice, so he tossed on his pads, laced up his cleats and gave it a go. The Boise State product admitted it took a bit to acclimate himself to practice again, but was pleased with how he came out of the afternoon session.
"Felt good, felt kind of strange," Carr said with a laugh. "I was like, 'Man, I haven't touched grass in a while.' I mean, I touched grass because I've been running and doing things on my own, but to be out there with cleats and a helmet on with the guys and doing different things definitely felt a little foreign. But after a couple minutes, it was fine. Just feels really good to go out there and be able to run and not have pain.
"It's feeling pretty good, so I'm preparing like I'm going to play on Monday. But if I don't feel like I'm going to be 100 percent, then I'm not going to go. If I'm up for this game, then I'm going to be ready. There's no 90 percent anymore."