Evans ready to integrate with Ravens offense

Lee Evans

, who made his first catch in more than two months in last week's 16-6 win over the San Francisco 49ers, says he is ready for whatever responsibilities the Ravens throw his way.


On Monday, coach

John Harbaugh


said he plans on working Evans, who missed seven games with an ankle injury, into the team's two-receiver sets to spell

Anquan Boldin


Torrey Smith


"That's kind of the plan after being out for so long, to try to come back and be ready to roll," the 30-year-old receiver said. "I'm ready for a high number of snaps. I'm healthy enough for it."

Evans has put aside the frustration from an injury shutting him down two weeks into his first season in Baltimore, and is pumped to play a role in a playoff run. In his seven years in Buffalo, the Bills had one non-losing season — 9-7 in 2004, his rookie year — and never made it into the postseason.

"I haven't been in this position many times in my career, so I'm looking forward to it," he said.

And if he does take on a larger role down the stretch for the 8-3 Ravens, Evans said there will still be plenty of touches to go around for Boldin, Smith and the rest of the team's skill players.

"The more dynamic your offense is, the better," said Evans, who has three catches for 53 yards in four games this season. "You try to get as many playmakers out on the field as you can."

Ogden tells Lewis to rest

Ray Lewis


, who has missed two straight games with a toe injury, did not participate in practice on Wednesday, and Harbaugh did not provide an update on the linebacker's status for Sunday.

Former Ravens offensive tackle

Jonathan Ogden

, whose career was shortened by a toe injury, told The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday that Lewis shouldn't rush back to the lineup prematurely.

"If you give it time and rest it properly, it will heal," said Ogden, who gave the same advice to offensive guard

Ben Grubbs

earlier this season. "But that's the key: You have to rest your toe."

Ogden injured his toe in Week 16 of the 2006 season. He sat out the regular season finale and got an additional week of rest by virtue of the team's first-round playoff bye. But Ogden said he took pain shots so he could make it through the AFC Divisional Round loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

"I really ended up aggravating it to death and I really never recovered," said Ogden, who retired a season later.

Another Cook in the kitchen

When the Ravens claimed safety

Emanuel Cook

off waivers from the New York Jets on Tuesday, they did so with the idea that he'll immediately help their special teams unit.

"Of course, we think he's got a future as a safety, too. But all that goes hand-in-hand [with] being a football player," Harbaugh said. "He's a guy that can help us, potentially immediately, as a special teams guy. We'll have to see how quickly we can get him up to speed. Whether it's this Sunday or not, I don't know."

Cook has played in 12 career NFL games over the past two seasons including eight this year with the Jets. He has eight tackles — six on special teams — and a forced fumble in his career.

"I'm happy for the opportunity. I'm going to let nobody down. I'm definitely going to come over here and work hard," Cook said. "It's a fresh start for me. I'm definitely going to come in and try to impress everybody around me, impress my teammates and come in and do the best job I can."

End zone

Defensive tackle

Arthur Jones

(concussion), cornerback

Chris Carr

(back) and linebacker

Dannell Ellerbe

(groin), who all missed last Thursday's game with injuries, returned to practice Wednesday. Linebacker

Terrell Suggs

had his wisdom teeth pulled late last week, but he practiced Wednesday. … Lewis was the only Raven not taking part in at least some portion of the practice … The Ravens said a prayer at the conclusion of their morning walk-through today for Stanford defensive assistant and former NFL defensive tackle

Chester McGlockton

, who passed away Tuesday night at the age of 42. McGlockton spent a short time as a coaching intern for the Ravens. … Harbaugh this week will go from coaching against his younger brother to coaching against one of his close friends. Harbaugh and Browns head coach

Pat Shurmur

were assistants with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999 to 2007. "Pat's a great friend," Harbaugh said. "He's obviously a really good coach and you can certainly see what he's building in Cleveland as far as the way he's putting that team together."



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