Although veteran wide receiver Lee Evans practiced for three consecutive days on a limited basis, the Baltimore Ravens are extremely unlikely to have him make his return Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
Evans is officially listed as doubtful on the injury report, and the Ravens are inclined to let him continue to strengthen his left ankle with an eye toward having him play next week against the Cincinnati Bengals.
"I think it's an outside chance right now, for that," coach John Harbaugh said. "He's still working through it. If we had a situation where we needed him, he could go."
Evans has caught two passes for 45 yards and is expected to miss his seventh consecutive game this week.
Starting in place of Evans, rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith ranks fifth on the team with 20 receptions for 397 yards and leads the Ravens with four touchdown catches. He's averaging 19.9 yards per catch.
Evans hasn't experienced any setbacks and could be close to getting back on the field.
"It's the best I've felt in a while," Evans said. "It makes you feel like a football player again, to get out there with the pads on and run around a little bit. We've still got a hill to climb, but it was good to get that step out of the way and press forward."
SUGGS, REEDS RETURN: Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (knee) and free safety Ed Reed (shoulder) returned to practice after being sidelined Thursday, participating fully Friday.
The Ravens listed them both as probable.
"That was more of a rest issue than anything," Harbaugh said.
Two years ago, Suggs sprained his knee against the Cleveland Browns on an illegal cut block by quarterback Brady Quinn.
He downplayed the injury.
"Sometimes things just flare up," Suggs said. "It's the NFL. It's not a big deal. You all know the story. If I can breathe, I'm good."
Reed has a history of neck and shoulder issues.
AYANBADEJO QUESTIONABLE: Ravens inside linebacker and special-teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo expects to pass a concussion test today in Seattle that's required to clear him for this week.
"I don't know if it's official yet, but we're anticipating that," Harbaugh said. "He should be all right."
Ayanbadejo has been limited in practice all week.
With the exception of not remembering the dramatic ending of the Ravens' 23-20 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ayanbadejo said he hasn't been dealing with any symptoms.
Ayanbadejo said his reactions were a tad slow during a baseline test this week.
"That's where they drew a little bit of concern," he said. "I felt fine. They said everything was fine, just my reaction time was slow. So, that just means my brain's not completely healed yet. They said hopefully by Saturday, I'll be back to normal."
Ayanbadejo said he expects to pass the test.
"I feel fine," Ayanbadejo said. "The main thing is I've just got to pass my test, just anticipating it. I think I'm going to read online so I can study and see exactly what he's going to do so I can get a little cheating and get this passed so I can help my team."
Meanwhile, the Ravens ruled out rookie running back Anthony Allen (hamstring).
Inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring, groin) is doubtful.
Six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk (neck) and tight end Kris Wilson (calf) are probable.
The Seahawks ruled out linebacker David Vobora (concussion).
Starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral ) and wide receiver Sidney Rice (foot) are probable.
Tight end Cameron Morrah (toe, knee) is questionable.
FLACCO HONORED: By virtue of the 92-yard game-winning drive he orchestrated against the Steelers, quarterback Joe Flacco won the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week.
Flacco edged out New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson.
Earlier this season, running back Ray Rice won the award for his three-touchdown game against the Cardinals.
HARBAUGH TO HARBAUGH: The Harbaugh family already has beaten Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, Harbaugh's brother, defeated the Seahawks, 33-17, to open the season.
And Jim Harbaugh's Stanford squad defeated Carroll's USC team, 55-21, two years ago.
"We might have had a conversation or two," Harbaugh said. "They played them a long time ago, that's the thing. So, specific information is a little bit more difficult, because things change so much in this League over the course of half a season. So, I think we're pretty much on our own in that way.
"It'll be a big challenge. Pete Carroll has done a great job everywhere he's ever been. They've got a lot of talent. They play with a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of heart, like everybody does. We're going a long way and we've got to overcome all those things. We've got to come back with a victory."
PASS RUSHER: The Seahawks have a languishing pass rush as a defense, registering only 13 sacks.
However, they have one legitimate threat in left defensive end Chris Clemons.
Clemons leads the Seahawks with five sacks and ranked first on the team with a career-high 11 sacks last year.
The 6-foot-3, 256-pound speed rusher lines up on both sides, so both left tackle Bryant McKinnie and right tackle Michael Oher will square off with him.
"Yeah, I looked at their defense and their pass rush is similar to Indianapolis with the way they attack the passer," McKinnie said. "They do spin moves, try to beat you around the edge and bull rush you here and there. They use Clemons on the open end. He'll line up wherever the tight end isn't."
IMPRESSED: Seahawks safety Earl Thomas is one of the better young defensive players in the NFC West.
The former University of Texas standout graded out well with the Ravens' scouting department when he played for the Longhorns.
"Yeah, we have a play on tape where he comes out of the middle of the field on a ball that is thrown pretty flat over on the sideline and makes the pick," Harbaugh said. "He's got tremendous range. He covers ground as well as any safety right now. He is a young guy, plus he is a hitter, plus he is smart. We really liked him coming out. I think he is one of the premier, young players."
QUICK HITS: The Ravens have dipped to 22nd in the NFL in rushing offense, averaging only 102 yards per contest. They've gained under 70 yards in two of the past three games. The Seahawks rank 13th in rushing defense, allowing 110.4 rushing yards per game. … The Ravens are preparing for the noise at CenturyLink Field. "It's our job to take care of the crowd noise," Harbaugh said. "It's our job to quiet the place down. That's what any road team has to do. You play well enough, you quiet the place down. That's got to be our objective."
… Harbaugh recognized Veterans Day during the team meeting Friday. "We talked about that a little bit this morning.," he said. "We had a speaker here, talked a little bit about that and gave our guys a great message. I just think there are so many corollaries between football, of course, military and life. It's all a metaphor for life, everything. We talked a little bit about that."=
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