For those of you who don’t cover the NFL, asking for an injury update on a player would be the equivalent of asking a stranger for a million dollars. In fact, getting a million bucks from somebody on the street may actually be an easier task. For the Ravens, new WR Lee Evans, who wasn’t a factor in Baltimore’s victory over the Steelers last week, was back in his walking boot yesterday but returned to practice today in preparation for the team’s Week 2 matchup against the Titans.
Evans, a veteran wide out who’s expected to add depth and fill the void of Derrick Mason for quarterback Joe Flacco, has the confidence in his offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. But if Evans has another setback, Cameron isn’t concerned the team will wish they retained Mason, now a member of the New York Jets.
When I asked Cameron to comment on the status of Evans, he most certainly talked around the health question:
“There is no level of concern, and I feel exactly the way about these receivers as I did going into last week’s game about the offensive line.,” said Cameron. “David Reed, we get him back. David Reed is a player, period. It’s just a matter of him staying healthy and getting out there. You guys will all see that. This kid can play. He can run, he can catch, he is smart, he’s tough – you have seen that in special teams. Our young guys get better every day.
“The young guys have the best collective attitude of any young group I have ever been around. Now, they have to continue that, but Torrey [Smith] is going to get better. LaQuan [Williams] is going to get better. Tandon [Doss] is going to get better, and then ‘Q’ [Anquan Boldin] is a veteran presence and Lee [Evans]… I have so much confidence in all those guys. There is no level of concern. There will be just some normal growth, bumps in the road, I am sure. There always are, but that’s not a concern. That’s going to happen. We just have to grow with those guys through any mistakes they make.”
In other injury news, Chris Carr, who went to see a specialist on Monday for a second opinion on his hamstring, sat out of practice Thursday along with Ben Grubbs who is nursing a toe injury.