Evans returns, says his injured left ankle is improved

Lee Evans returned to practice Monday, and the starting wide receiver said that his injured left ankle is much improved.

“I was able to run and move and cut, made a few plays,” he said. “So it was good to just get out there and run around.”

Since the Ravens acquired him in a trade with the Buffalo Bills on Aug. 13, Evans led the team in the preseason with 128 receiving yards on six catches, and he caught a touchdown in a 34-31 win against the Washington Redskins on Aug. 25. But Evans wore a protective boot on his left foot in the team’s first practice after that contest and did not participate in the remaining sessions in the preseason.

“We were doing a lot of precautionary things,” he said. “But you’ve got to stay on top of things. So it’s just a matter of working back, and it was good to be out there today.”

Evans said he understood that it was necessary for him to miss practice to rehab his ankle.

“Any rest you can get during the season is well-welcomed,” he said. “So it feels good. Like I said, it was good to rest for a little bit, but it’s better to be out there now.”

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