Ravens coach John Harbaugh chats with his brother 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh before the teams played their preseason opener on Thursday. (Rob Carr, Getty Images /August 7, 2014)
Chris Carr's balky left hamstring kept him out of his third consecutive practice this week, an ominous sign that the cornerback might not be available for the Ravens' road game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday.
In his seventh season in the NFL, Carr has never missed a game, playing in 96 straight regular-season contests and five playoff games. Carr couldn't say whether his streak would continue Sunday.
"I don't know," he said Thursday. "I'm definitely going to be smart, but if you look at my history, it would say that I'm playing. But I've got to be smart. It's one of those things where we have so much depth that I've got to be smart. It's a long season, but I'm not sure. I'm planning on playing. I'm still watching film and doing everything and preparing like I am going to play. So mentally, I'm telling myself that I am."
Carr's absence -- coupled with the high left ankle sprain that will shelve rookie Jimmy Smith for a few weeks -- places more pressure on starters Cary Williams and Lardarius Webb and reserve Domonique Foxworth to avoid injury.
Carr did say the rest has helped his hamstring get stronger.
"It's been beneficial to heal, but I definitely want to get back out with my teammates and be involved in more than just coaching and talking about game plans," he said. "You want to be physically out there doing that stuff. So I'm just trying to be as invested as I can be and hopefully, I'll be out there supporting my guys physically and mentally."
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