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Harbaugh wants to keep Texans in dark about injuries

Smith unlikely to play; Evans, Nakamura, D.Reed return to practice

6:40 PM EDT, October 10, 2011

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The Ravens were hoping that all of their injured players would return after the bye week ready to play. That clearly won't be the case, though coach John Harbaugh would much prefer that remains a mystery to Sunday's opponent, the Houston Texans.

Harbaugh interrupted a group interview with rookie Jimmy Smith to remind the injured cornerback not to disclose his status.

"Hey, hey, hey, no you're not doing it," Harbaugh said after entering the locker room. "You're not asking him about his injury. He’s not telling you about his injury situation. We don’t comment about his injuries."

Later, Harbaugh came into the media workroom to tell reporters that he understood that they had a job to do and joked that he gave us "something to write."

But the point remained: The Ravens don't want to give the Texans too much extra information heading into Sunday's game. 

"We must be closer to determining those guys, but I really haven’t gotten anything definitive," Harbaugh said. "As a coach, you hope for something Monday that would be somewhat definitive and there’s nothing there. We’re in a wait-and-see mode. We’re probably not going to give away much anyway as the week goes on, but as of right now, I don’t know who is going to be back. A couple of guys practiced, a couple of guys didn’t. We’ll just have to see where they're at."

Here's a brief look at the injured Ravens and their status, starting with the before-mentioned Jimmy Smith:

Harbaugh said that Smith, who has been out since sustaining a high ankle sprain during the season opener, is "still not there yet," and the cornerback agreed, admitting that it's probably not realistic that he'll play Sunday.

"I’ve just got to get over that last little hump - agility - moving side to side and lateral and backpedaling and planting and that stuff," Smith said. "That’s the final stage we’re in right now.”

Guard Ben Grubbs (right toe) has missed the past three games. He did some individual work in today's practice.

"The big question is how will my foot react from today?," Grubbs said. "If it doesn't have any more pain, then I think I'll be alright."

Wide receiver Lee Evans has missed the last two games with a left ankle injury. He did practice today. He admitted that he's still not 100 percent, but he is making progress.

"I've done the most since the Titans week," Evans said. "I did some individual, and ran a few routes from quarterback. That was about it. " 

Wide receiver/kick returner David Reed (left shoulder strain) has missed the last two games, but he practiced today.

"It's big," said Reed. "I just can't wait to get back out on the field and play again. So this is a huge step."

Safety Haruki Nakamura (right posterior cruciate ligament in knee) missed the Jets' game, but he did practice today. 

"There’s always a chance, but it’s all about setbacks," Nakamura said. "If I have a setback, that’s horrible. If I had a setback after all the work I’ve done, I’d be really frustrated. I’m going to be patient with it. I’ve worked extremely hard to get to where I’m at today. Like I said, I’d be really disappointed if I put myself out there and had another setback. That’s not what I want or need. But I do want to get out there this weekend. It kind of killed me to watch the Jets game. I really took advantage of the bye week. I got a lot of work done. I feel pretty good."     

Safety Tom Zbikowski sustained a concussion in the Jets' game and he still hasn't been cleared to return to practice.

No new updates on cornerback Chris Carr (left hamstring) and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring). Neither were in the locker room while it was open to the media.