Evans expects to play again this season; J. Smith improving

Wide receiver Lee Evans has now missed the Ravens' last three games with an ankle injury, and he's clearly getting frustrated with his lack of progress as far as his rehabilitation goes.

Still, Evans said today that he expects to play again this season, and said that he's not considering surgery as an option at this point.

"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."

Rookie Torrey Smith has replaced Evans in the starting lineup the last three weeks, and the Maryland product has done a nice job filling in, making nine catches for 237 yards and three touchdowns in that time.

Moving from one lingering ankle injury to another, rookie cornerback Jimmy Smith said today that he is seeing improvement in his left ankle, which he sprained early on in the Ravens' season opener against the Steelers.

Careful not to divulge too much information about his status, Smith seemed to have a positive take on his outlook.

"I'm very optimistic about the comeback," Smith said. "I think my ankle is healing day-to-day.

"So far, no setbacks."

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