After seven weeks of sitting and watching Ravens games from the sidelines, wide receiver Lee Evans says he hopes to return to the field this Sunday against the Bengals.
"We'll make a determination late in the week," Evans said today. "Last week was real positive. So, this week could be even better and I'll have a real shot. You can see how it responds throughout the week. I'm optimistic about this week. It has been tough, but you go through different things throughout a season and a career. This is just another obstacle. Hopefully, we're on the tail end of it and we can put it behind us."
Evans was able to practice all last week, and didn't suffer any setbacks despite taking part in his first legitimate practice time in over a month and a half. He said that he's now able to run and cut at full speed.
"I was able to do it last week," Evans said. "That shouldn't change any. Last week was real positive."
There might be some concern that Evans will come back with a bit of rust on his hands, so to speak. But the eight-year veteran said he doesn't expect his time off to play a factor in that regard.
"Catching the ball wouldn't be reinventing the wheel for me," Evans said. "That won't be a problem. It would be a matter of just getting reps and making plays when I get a chance."
While Evans hasn't played and has had minimal practice time during his absence, he says he's been staying sharp mid-week and has gotten a good feel of the playbook.
"I'm staying in meetings, staying on top of my game," Evans said. "We'll go out there and I'll know all the terminology."
The Ravens haven't had their full complement of offensive weapons since Evans last played back in Week 2 against the Rams.
If Evans is able to return this Sunday, the Ravens would feature a nice trio of wideouts in Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith and Evans.
"I think we could have a lot of speed down the field," Evans said. "I think it would all fit together really well."