The start of the 2011 season began with solid play that we have become accustomed to. However, early into the season, the roster is riddled with injuries. This still hasn’t stopped the Baltimore Ravens from taking an early division lead. Fans really appreciate the hard work and dedications that the Ravens have put fourth, despite the teams many injuries. They have been showing their support at each game by going out to buy Raven tickets. The roar of the crowd has really help boost the moral of the team to win!
Chris Carr – Thigh
Seven year pro defensive back Chris Carr from Boise State, is a solid contributor as a substitute defensive player and on special teams. His thigh injury is expected to keep him out until week six. For now he is still listed as questionable. This veteran’s return will add needed depth to a perennially strong Ravens defensive squad.
Dannell Ellerbe – Hamstring
Injured defending against the Rams in week 3, Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe has just 75 tackles in a little more than two NFL seasons. While he is considered a contributor, his injury is not considered a major loss for the Ravens. Currently listed as questionable, expect Ellerbe’s return during week six vs Houston.
Lee Evans – Ankle
In his first year with the Ravens, Lee Evans the 8 Year pro receiver from Wisconsin has been out two weeks with an ankle injury. The former Buffalo Bill is still being evaluated for a possible return in week 6 against Houston. Evans’ best season came in 2006 when he racked up 1292 receiving yards on 82 receptions. His last two seasons have produced only 1190 yards combined, but with five or hist first seven seasons over 800 yards receiving he is still considered a solid pro that can help quarterback Joe Flacco and the Baltimore offense down the stretch.
Haruki Nakamura – Knee
Playing mostly on special teams, free safety Nakamura isn’t expected to take any playing time away from starter Ed Reed. The former Cincinnati Bearcat is listed as questionable for a week six return against the Texans. However as next on the depth chart at free safety, his return is important.
David Reed – Shoulder
The speedy wideout from Utah maintains his greatest value as a return man. However, with much of the kickoff game diminished under new rules this season, expect his contributions to be limited. David began the season with a suspension and now needs to get past this injury to have the opportunity to show his teammates and coaches that he is ready to contribute. Expect a probable return week 6 against the Texans.
Jimmy Smith – Ankle
Rookie defensive back Jimmy Smith from Colorado is aiming to be ready to play the Texans during week 6 and is listed as questionable. For now he is still considered to be more of a prospective talent than an impact player. The Ravens fully expect that to change in the future as he should only improve with more playing time. Jimmy Smith should prove detrimental in keeping fans interested in buying Ravens tickets to the game.
Lost to injured reserve are defensive back Domonique Foxworth (knee), wide receiver James Hardy (unknown), Tackle Ramon Harewood (unknown), running back Matt Lawrence (concussion), and linebacker Mike McAdoo (knee). None of these players were expected to have a big impact on the Ravens 2011 season.