Despite having three weeks to rest his injured ankle, Lee Evans is still not close to full strength.
Evans did not practice yesterday or today, and following the Ravens’ afternoon session, head coach John Harbaugh essentially ruled the wide receiver out for Sunday’s game against the Texans.
“We thought it would be fine by now, and it’s just going a lot slower than we thought,” Harbaugh said. “We say we’re day to day on it. He hasn’t practiced, so I don’t see him playing in the game right now. He’s going to need some practice.
“It’s been very disappointing. Nobody’s been more surprised than all of us. So just waiting to see if the doctors can figure it out, and he’s got to keep working at it.”
As for Ben Grubbs, Harbaugh said the Ravens’ starting left tackle got his injured toe stepped on during practice earlier this week and the team opted to hold Grubbs out of today’s practice.
“It was a little bruised today,” Harbaugh said. “We decided not to take a chance today. We’ll just have to see Sunday before the game how he’s moving.”
Rookie Torrey Smith can expect his third straight start at wide receiver, while Andre Gurode will start at left guard if Grubbs is unable to go against Houston.