By Jeff Zrebiec and Ken Murray
1:43 PM EDT, September 30, 2011
In Sunday night's game against the New York Jets, the Ravens could get back one of their key offensive linemen, but they'll again be without a starting wide receiver.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said guard Ben Grubbs has a "pretty good chance" to play but wide receiver Lee Evans will not. It will be the second consecutive game missed by Evans, who is nursing an injury to his lower left leg.
"I don’t think we’ll see Lee right now. There’s just something in there that’s hurting him a little bit," Harbaugh said. "I’m worried about it now because it’s lasted longer than I thought it would. There’s nothing to tell us that. I’m sure he’ll have another MRI to see where it’s at, but as a coach, sure, you start thinking, ‘What’s the deal?’ We’ll just have to see where it goes. I’m planning on him being back for the Houston game, but we’ll just have to see.”
Rookie Torrey Smith, who caught three first-quarter touchdown passes last Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, will start in Evans' place.
"This bye is coming at the right time," Evans said Friday.
Evans said he had a second MRI and that it "confirmed what we already thought."
"Basically, [it's] just some stress in the muscle. Luckily, it wasn't a fracture or anything like that. ... The biggest thing is, there's no crack or fracture in the bone."
Evans characterized it as a lower-leg injury more than an ankle injury, and he estimated he was about 80 percent healthy at this point.
"Just got to give it a little time and let it heal itself," he said.
Meanwhile, Grubbs, who has missed the previous two games, will likely be questionable for Sunday. If he can't go, Andre Gurode is expected to start in his place. Grubbs was a limited participant in practice yesterday, and did even less today.
"He didn’t do much today," Harbaugh said of Grubbs. "I think we’re more concerned with the toe healing than we are with the reps. It’s going to be a game-time decision. We’ll put him out there and let him play if he can. It’s been three weeks with the toe. He’s got a pretty good chance, but you just can’t control that stuff obviously.”
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