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Lee Evans ‘Optimistic’ About Returning Sunday vs. Bengals

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Last week, wide receiver Lee Evans practiced Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, but the Baltimore Ravens decided against activating him for last Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Evans, who has sat out the team’s last seven games in a row due to a nagging left ankle injury, took part in the portion of Wednesday’s practice session open to the media, according to The Baltimore Sun. Before he even stepped foot on the practice field, the 30-year-old receiver sounded upbeat about a possible return for Sunday’s home contest against AFC North rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals.

“Hopefully, it progresses better than it did last week,” Evans said. “Last week was pretty positive. So we’re hoping this week is better. I’m optimistic. I was optimistic last week. We’ve just got to see.”

Though Evans did only practice last week on a limited basis, he pointed out that he would like to fully participate in practice before declaring himself ready to return to the lineup.

“You’ve still got to play the way you play, and you’ve got to make it through practice if you expect to make it through a game,” Evans said. “I made it through the heavy days last week on a limited basis. So I hope to get more involved and still feel good enough to play on Sunday.”