Your post-bye week injury updates

In case you missed it, we learned yesterday that rookie cornerback Jimmy Smith is unlikely to play this Sunday against the Texans as he works his way back from a high left ankle sprain.

Smith isn’t alone. While last week’s bye certainly allowed some players to rest their respective injuries, there are still a number of guys who are questionable for this weekend’s game against Houston.

I don’t have word yet on cornerback Chris Carr, who is battling a hamstring injury, but here are updates on the bulk of the Ravens’ injured players:

Lee Evans, WR
Injury: Left ankle
Update: Evans practiced yesterday and ran sprints, gassers and routes
Quote: “Hopefully, I’ll be well enough to play,” Evans said. “I think we’re on the right path. ... It’s frustrating. I’ve never been in this situation before. The goal is to play without being hampered. It feels better but tomorrow might be a different story.”

Ben Grubbs, G
Injury: Toe
Update: Took part in individual drills during practice; just the second time he’s practiced since suffering toe injury Week 1
Quote: “It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad. I made steps toward getting back on the field,” Grubbs said. “I’m hopeful (I’ll play Sunday), more hopeful than I have been in the past. I can (run), the question now is how it’s going to react to all that. We’ll see what kind of residual pain I’m having tomorrow and I’ll decide after that.”

Tom Zbikowski, S
Injury: Concussion
Update: Head coach John Harbaugh did not provide much new information on Zbikowski, other than that he hasn’t been cleared by doctors to begin practicing yet
Quote: “He is a concussion situation, so you know what? I would like to be able to have an answer for you, not that I would necessarily tell you, but with concussions, I have no idea,” Harbaugh said. “Until the doctor says he is cleared, you just go, ‘OK, see you when you are cleared.’ He has not been cleared yet.”

Haruki Nakamura, S
Injury: Right knee
Update: Nakamura rehabbed hard during the bye and practiced yesterday, although he didn’t give it a full-go
Quote: “It felt pretty good, but at the same time, I wasn’t going to go out there and try to blow it out testing it,” Nakamura said. “We’ll see the next couple of days, but it felt pretty good. ... There’s always a chance (I’ll play Sunday), but it’s all about setbacks. If I had a setback after all the work I’ve done, I’d be really frustrated. I’m going to be patient with it. I’ve worked extremely hard to get to where I’m at today.”

David Reed, WR/KR
Injury: Left shoulder
Update: Reed no longer has the shoulder in a sling, and says he can lift light weights with his left arm
Quote: “Hopefully, I’ll be back this week,” Reed said. “That’s what I’m shooting for and I’m trying to keep working, keep getting stronger, keep recovering and hopefully I can play this next Sunday. If not this week, then definitely the week after.”

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