It’s clear that Wide Receiver Lee Evans isn’t one hundred percent at this point. He caught two passes against Tennessee and was shuttled in and out of the ball game due to the injury to his ankle.
The time may have come though for the Ravens to let Evans sit out so that he may properly heal. That seems easier said then done considering David Reed is reported to be out at least 3 weeks with a shoulder injury and leaves Baltimore with Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss as their remaining options.
Smith, the Second Round pick from this season’s draft, hasn’t caught a pass yet and has taken criticism from the fans and media for not knowing his routes and assignments. Tandon Doss also a rookie has not been active yet in 2011. Many, including myself feel that he outplayed Smith during pre-season and deserves a shot. Even though Smith has the speed advantage Doss has displayed good hands and a tough demeanor.
We’ll have to see how Evans’ health progress during practice this week but the Ravens may not be able to afford to sit Evans at this stage. They will face a desperate St. Louis Rams team this weekend, who is currently 0-2 and no one wants to see a repeat of the Titans “effort”. The team may need all hands on deck to secure a victory. Looking ahead they host the New York Jets in Prime Time and then have an early Bye in Week Five.
It’s a tough question to consider. Are the Ravens better off letting him try and work through it for the next few weeks or can they afford to let him heal properly?