The pain in Chris Carr’s back has subsided, but the Ravens cornerback said he’s not trying to accelerate his return to the team.

With the team poised to make a playoff run, Carr can afford to be a little conservative in his rehabilitation.

“As soon as I feel like I’m 100 percent, I’m going to come out,” he said Thursday. “I guess just mentally, there’s more comfort there knowing that there might be a longer season. … The length of the season really hasn’t put a timetable on me. It’s just given me more encouragement to deal with it mentally.”

Carr has missed the Ravens’ last two games because of recurring back pain, which he called “excruciating.” He did not practice Wednesday and was absent from the portion of Thursday’s session open to the media, casting doubt on his availability for Sunday’s home game against the Indianapolis Colts.

But Carr, the only cornerback to start all 16 games last season, said he’s still taking an active role with his teammates.

“I’m still watching film, helping my teammates, going to meetings, getting treatment on it and resting,” he said, “just doing whatever I can to get it better. But, yeah, it is frustrating. But all of the guys, we’re so close. … It’s definitely one of those things where it’s not easy, especially when you’re a competitor and you’ve never missed a game until this season. But it’s just one of those things that it seems like everybody goes through. I thought I was going to be the exception, but if you play this game long enough, you’re going to have those things happen. I came here and [inside linebacker] Ray Lewis had never missed a game, same with [left guard] Ben [Grubbs]. Webby [cornerback Lardarius Webb] had a year when he tore his ACL. And so I just look at stuff like that and realize that I should be thankful because I know a lot of people have been through worse injuries.”