Ravens rule out Evans for Sunday

Despite Lee Evans’ insistence that the wide receiver could start, the Ravens have ruled him out for Sunday’s road contest against the St. Louis Rams.

A left ankle injury that has troubled him since the preseason prevented Evans from practicing this week, and Evans joins wide receiver David Reed (left shoulder strain) and rookie cornerback Jimmy Smith (high left ankle sprain) as three players who will sit out Sunday’s game.

Evans’ absence could pave the way for rookie Torrey Smith to make his first career start. Fellow rookies Tandon Doss and LaQuan Williams could also be in the mix.

Despite missing three consecutive practices, starting left guard Ben Grubbs is listed as questionable. Grubbs did not play in Sunday’s loss to the Tennessee Titans after straining ligaments in his toe.

Cornerback Chris Carr, who was limited all week by a left hamstring injury, is also questionable.

Three starters in center Matt Birk (left knee), defensive end Cory Redding (toe) and nose tackle Terrence Cody are probable. Birk practiced fully for the second straight day, while Redding and Cody were limited for the second consecutive day.

For the Rams, running back Steven Jackson (strained left quadriceps) is listed as questionable after practicing on a limited basis for the second straight day.

Starting outside linebacker Ben Leber (groin) is questionable, as are running back Carnell Williams (hamstring) and defensive end C.J. Ah You (wrist).

Starting wide receiver Danny Amendola is listed as doubtful even though he has not practiced this week because of a dislocated left elbow.

Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (calf) and rookie wide receiver Greg Salas (ribs) are probable.

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