Often, the first big hurdle an NFL player needs to clear in rehab from an injury is not experiencing any soreness the day after he takes part in practice.
If you look at Lee Evans’ recovery in those terms, the wide receiver could be closing in on a return.
Evans, who has missed the Ravens’ last six games with a left ankle injury, took part in his first practice in a month yesterday. Today, the eight-year veteran said he feels good and he didn’t suffer any setbacks after pushing things a bit Wednesday.
He said he plans to get back out there again today and give it another go.
“It went well,” Evans said. “It was the best I’ve felt in a while. So, I’m going to try to build on that today, do a little bit more today, see what happens. Yesterday was positive.”
Because reporters only get to watch a small portion of practice, it’s unclear at this point what exactly Evans is able to do during team drills.
He ran at what looked like near full speed yesterday, but he still isn’t to the point that he can go through a full practice. Evans was listed as limited on Wednesday’s injury report.
Still, after being out for so long, Evans admitted that it was a nice feeling to just be back on a football field again and get to take part in practice.
“It definitely feels good,” Evans said. “Makes you feel like a football player again. Get out there, put the pads on and run around a little bit. We’ve still got a hill to climb, but it’s good to get that step out of the way and be able to progress forward.”