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Ravens Notebook: Evans back in protective boot – Carroll County Times: Local

OWINGS MILLS – Baltimore Ravens starting wide receiver Lee Evansis back in a protective boot on his left foot due to a lingeringankle injury that first started bothering him during the preseason,sidelining him at practice Wednesday. Evans wore the boot following the Ravens’ third preseason game,returning to practice in advance of the Ravens’ 35-7 beating of thePittsburgh Steelers. He was targeted four times and didn’t catch apass. “It’s the same,” Evans told the Times following the Pittsburghgame. “It is what it is.”Acquired via a trade from the Buffalo Bills, Evans caught atouchdown pass and led the Ravens with 128 receiving yards duringthe preseason.If Evans can’t go, the Ravens would have to increase theirreliance on wide receiver Anquan Boldin and tight ends Ed Dicksonand Dennis Pitta.At the other receiver spot, they could go with rookie TorreySmith or David Reed.CARR VISITS SPECIALIST: Ravens cornerback ChrisCarr continues to be plagued by a left hamstring injury that hasbothered him since early in training camp, and visited a specialistrecently in an effort to address the problem.”I went to Texas and saw somebody and got another way of lookingat the injury,” Carr said. “I think combined with the stuff I’vealready been doing here, which has already been good, I think it’sgoing to be good.”It’s been frustrating, because there’s been a lot of work goinginto it. It’s just been one of those nagging things, but I thinkit’s going to be better pretty soon.”Carr aggravated his leg again against the Steelers, but didn’ttear the hamstring.”It was tough,” Carr said. “This last game, it was on thatreceiver screen that I got caught in a really awkward positionwhere I was really stretched out on my left leg and somebody wascutting me, so that did it. Other than that, I was fine, but it waskind of like the perfect storm. It’s been frustrating.”Besides Carr and Evans, offensive guard Ben Grubbs (toe) androokie cornerback Jimmy Smith (high-ankle sprain) didn’tpractice.For the Titans, starting safety Chris Hope didn’t practice witha shoulder injury, along with reserve wide receiver Damian Williams(hamstring).Defensive end William Hayes (shoulder) was limited.Participating fully: running back Javon Ringer (back) anddefensive ends Derrick Morgan (knee) and Jason Jones (knee).REED RETURNS: Reed returned to practice afterserving a one-game suspension for violating the NFL substance-abusepolicy.The punishment stemmed from his probation before judgmentsentence in a misdemeanor possession of marijuana case from lastyear that was initially placed on the inactive docket by aBaltimore County district judge.”It was very disappointing being against our rivals andeverything,” Reed said. “I’m just happy I can get it behind me nowand move on and just get better. It was hard. It was real hard.”It was real disappointing. I’m just glad to get by it and moveon from it. It definitely got me hungry watching.”Reed said he learned the suspension was being handed down midwaythrough training camp.Now, Reed is in the mix to resume his kickoff return duties andalso operate possibly as the Ravens’ third wide receiver.”Definitely, I can’t wait to show these guys that I’m a player,show the coaches and everybody that I’m back and everything,” saidReed, who caught five passes for 84 yards during the preseason. “Ifeel like I can get in there.”He’s unsure if he’ll immediately become the primary kickoffreturner again. Reed led the league with a 29.3 kickoff returnaverage last season and established a franchise record for longestkickoff return with a 103-yard touchdown against the HoustonTexans.”I’m not sure, it’s up to [special teams coordinator Jerry]Rosburg,” he said. “I’m just going to compete, continue to competefor it. I think I’m a great kick returner and I think I showed thatlast year, and I can only get better.”DIRTY PLAY?: Titans star running back ChrisJohnson accused the Ravens of trying to injure him during their13-10 AFC divisional playoff win over Tennessee during the 2008season.”They were trying to hurt me a little bit,” Johnson toldTennessee reporters. “But the play I actually got hurt on, it was afair play, somebody landed on my ankle the wrong way and I fellback the wrong way. It was a fair play when I got hurt.”Johnson rushed for 72 yards during the first half, but left thegame with an ankle injury.”I really don’t have any carry-over from then, that was twoyears ago,” he said. “I’m just trying to win the game.”FOXWORTH IMPROVING: Domonique Foxworth wasencouraged about how his knee responded during his firstregular-season game since tearing his anterior cruciate ligamentlast year.”It’s getting a little bit better every day,” Foxworth said.”It’s obviously good enough to play and good enough to play at ahigh level against the defending AFC champs. I stepped out thereand held up my end.”When I was asked to step into action, I did what I needed todo. That little bit of confidence will go a long way as I continueto rehab.”The Ravens’ depth at cornerback is being tested this week asCarr and Smith are dealing with injuries.”Out on the edge, it’s demanding on your body, so I think all ofour guys knew that coming into the season, they were going to haveto play, at some point, a significant amount,” Foxworth said.”Nobody in our group, I think, thought they were just going tocoast through the season.”The Ravens could have used Smith against imposing Titansreceiver Kenny Britt.”He’s a big, physical, fast receiver,” Foxworth said. “He canrun, but that shouldn’t be an issue with us because we have guysthat can run, too. I wish Jimmy Smith was healthy this week. Wecould use him against Britt because he’s so big.”KINDLE STILL WAITING: One year after missing his entire rookieseason with a fractured skull, outside linebacker Sergio Kindle isstill waiting to play in his first NFL regular-season game.Kindle said he hasn’t inquired with the coaching staff why hewas a healthy scratch.”I didn’t ask for a reason,” Kindle said.Kindle said he didn’t know if he would be active this week.”I’m working hard,” he said. “I’ll keep working to prove myselfwhen I get my shot.”NO SURGERY FOR MCADOO: Rookie outside linebacker Michael McAdoowas placed on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season.McAdoo said he won’t need surgery on his previously undisclosedknee injury.”I’m disappointed,” he said. “I was hoping to get to play thisyear. I’ll just get ready for next season.”QUICK HIT: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and running back RayRice are on the regional cover of Sports Illustrated this week. ”It’s kind of cool, but it’s crazy,” Flacco said. “It really iscrazy how week-to-week this league is, how hot and cold everybodyis. You just have to sit back and laugh about it.”Reach staff writer Aaron Wilson at 410-857-7896 .  © 2011 Carroll County Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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