By Jeff Zrebiec
4:24 PM EDT, October 14, 2011
The Ravens had hoped that the bye week would allow them to get healthy, but they’ll enter Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans still without several key contributors.
Wide receiver Lee Evans (foot), cornerbacks Chris Carr (hamstring) and Jimmy Smith (ankle), and safety Tom Zbikowski (head) were all pronounced out for the game. Guard Ben Grubbs, who was limited in practice today, is listed as questionable.
Carr and Smith’s absence certainly isn’t surprising as they haven’t practiced all week. Zbikowski, who sustained a concussion in the Oct. 2 win over the New York Jets, hasn’t been cleared for contact.
However, it was hoped that Evans would be back by now. Instead, it will be Evans’ third straight inactive. Rookie Torrey Smith has started in his place.
“We thought it would be fine by now, and it’s just going a lot slower than we thought," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “We say we’re day-to-day on it. He hasn’t practiced, so I don’t see him playing in the game right now. He’s going to need some practice. But it’s been very disappointing. Nobody’s been more surprised than all of us. So, just waiting to see if the doctors can figure it out, and he’s got to keep working at it.”
Harbaugh said that Grubbs will be a game-time decision. The guard has missed three straight games with the toe injury, but he was a limited participant in practice earlier this week.
“He got stepped on [Thursday] in practice, so we decided it was a little bruised today,” Harbaugh said. “We decided not to take a chance today. We’ll just have to see Sunday before the game how he’s moving.”
Safety Haruki Nakamura (knee), kick returner/wide receiver David Reed (shoulder) and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring) all missed the Ravens’ last game, but they all practiced today and are expected to play Sunday.
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