Evans practices, vows to play vs. Titans on Sunday

Making good on his promise, wide receiver Lee Evans returned to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's session.

Evans, who wore a boot Wednesday to protect his injured left ankle, did not appear to limp or struggle as he joined the rest of the receivers.

Three other players who did not practice Wednesday were absent Thursday. Cornerbacks Chris Carr (left hamstring) and Jimmy Smith (high left ankle sprain) and left guard Ben Grubbs (toe) were not present during the portion of practice open to the media.

Smith is expected to miss a few weeks while recovering from his injury.

Evans said he intends to line up in his usual starting role when the Ravens visit the Tennessee Titans Sunday.

"Absolutely," Evans said prior to practice Thursday. "I plan on playing this Sunday, but we'll have to see. You've got to take it day-by-day and see what happens."

Evans wore a protective boot around his left ankle, the same one that plagued him in the latter stages of preseason. But he cautioned against interpreting too much from the boot's reappearance.

"It's just a way to rest it and still be a little active as well," he said. "It's just part of treatment, really. It's not really anything that's hindering me from doing anything. It's just a way to get it a little more rest."

Evans was targeted by quarterback Joe Flacco four times in Sunday's 35-7 rout of the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he did not record a catch. Evans said he and Flacco are still working on their on-field chemistry.

"I think it's good," Evans said. "Obviously, we still have a ways to go, but we have a good relationship to where we can talk and figure things out. I think as we continue to do that, the chemistry on the field will get better and better. That's kind of how we looked at it coming into it, and we just work as much as we can each day we're out there."

On Monday, coach John Harbaugh said Evans may not have caught any passes, but his presence opened opportunities for his teammates as the Steelers were forced to track his movements. 
Evans said he was pleased to help, but he also wants to be more of a contributor on offense.

"Obviously, they wanted to bring me here to have defenses be able to respect the speed and respect the vertical threats," he said. "So that's certainly a part of that, but also with that, you've got to be able to make plays as well."

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