I’ve got two quick notes before I pass along today’s injury report.
The first is that the Ravens will have a moment of silence for the late Pat Modell before Sunday’s game against the Texans. The wife of former Ravens owner Art Modell passed away yesterday at the age of 80.
Also, the Ravens have released a statement on the enhanced security measures the NFL has implemented at games. These measures created quite a logjam at the M&T Bank Stadium gates last Sunday night prior to the Ravens’ game against the Jets.
“We will do a better job of getting our fans into M&T Bank Stadium this Sunday in a timely fashion,” Ravens senior vice president of public and community relations Kevin Byrne stated. “We do ask fans to arrive earlier, because our increased security practices make for a longer entrance process.”
Meanwhile, four Ravens missed practice today, two of whom took part in yesterday’s session. Wide receiver Lee Evans (ankle) and safety Tom Zbikowski (concussion) were both downgraded today, while cornerbacks Jimmy Smith (ankle) and Chris Carr (hamstring) sat out again this afternoon.
The absence of Evans and Zbikowski a day after both had returned to the practice field doesn’t bode well for their chances of playing Sunday against Houston.
Left guard Ben Grubbs (toe) was limited today for the second straight day, while running back Anthony Allen (thigh), linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (thigh), safety Haruki Nakamura (knee) and wide receiver David Reed (shoulder) all had a full practice today.
For the Texans, wide receiver Andre Johnson (hamstring), fullback James Casey (chest) and wide receiver Kevin Walter (illness) all did not participate today. Walter did not appear on the injury report yesterday.
Quarterback Matt Schaub (right shoulder) was upgraded to limited participation after sitting out yesterday. Running back Arian Foster (quad) and linebacker DeMeco Ryans (elbow/hamstring/knee) were the other Texans starters who were limited today.
Guard Mike Brisiel (ankle/knee) and defensive end Antonio Smith (ankle) were both upgraded to full participation today.