After losing Steve Smith Sr. to a season-ending Achilles tear in Sunday's victory over the San Diego Chargers, the Ravens will spend part of their bye week working out free agent wide receivers.
Former New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks will headline the group that will work out Tuesday at the Under Armour Performance Center. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said earlier today that the Ravens were considering external options.
"I wouldn't rule out that we'd bring in another receiver from somewhere," Harbaugh said. "Obviously, we're looking real hard right now to figure out what we're going to do."
The Ravens, who next play against the Jacksonville Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium on Nov. 15, are down to Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown, Chris Givens, Jeremy Ross and Jeremy Butler at wide receiver. They also have rookie Daniel Brown on the practice squad.
The Ravens traditionally have tryouts during the bye week to update their list of available players in case of injuries. However, the wide receiver position emerged as a significant need when Smith went down Sunday.
Nicks, 27, caught 311 balls for 4,622 yards and 27 touchdowns over five seasons with the New York Giants. He was with the Indianapolis Colts last season, catching 38 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games.
Once considered one of the league's best receivers, Nicks has dealt with several foot and leg injuries and he's struggled to find a job since getting cut in training camp in September by the Tennessee Titans. Since, he's worked out for a number of teams, including the Giants, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys, but hasn't been signed.