Ravens cornerback Chris Carr saw a specialist in Texas this week to get another opinion on his injured left hamstring, an ailment that forced him out of Sunday's victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Carr, who didn't practice Wednesday, has been dealing with hamstring and thigh soreness since early in training camp.
"It's been frustrating because there's been a lot of work put into it. It's just been one of those nagging things, but I think it's going to be better pretty soon," Carr said. "That's what I'm looking for. I went to Texas and saw somebody, and got another way of looking at the injury. I think that combined with the stuff I'm already been doing here, which has already been good, I think it's going to be good."
Carr's hamstring issues, coupled with rookie Jimmy Smith's high ankle sprain, left the Ravens with just three healthy cornerbacks for an extended stretch against the Steelers.
Smith won't play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, and Carr's status is unknown.
"It was tough because the last game, on the receiver screen, I got caught in a really awkward position," Carr said. "I was really stretched out with my left leg and somebody was cutting me, so that did it. Other than that, I was fine. So that was kind of the perfect storm. It's been frustrating."
Carr spent the 2008 season with the Titans, recording 33 tackles in 16 games (two starts).
Evans also misses practice
Wide receiver Lee Evans, who didn't have a catch in his Ravens debut Sunday, missed Wednesday's practice as he continues to be hobbled by a sore left ankle.
Evans wore a protective boot on his left foot in the week leading up to the Ravens' preseason finale but had it removed in the days before the season opener against the Steelers. Evans did practice all last week.
Starting left guard Ben Grubbs (toe) also didn't participate in practice.
For the Titans, safety Chris Hope (shoulder) and wide receiver Damian Williams (hamstring) didn't practice, while defensive end Williams Hayes (shoulder) was a limited participant.
D. Reed excited for debut
As wide receiver David Reed watched his teammates Sunday while serving a one-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, he acknowledged that his "heart was pounding." However, the second-year wide receiver expects his excitement to pick up a notch as he anticipates his regular-season debut against the Titans.
"It definitely got my hunger up," Reed said. "I can't wait to get back on the field on Sunday and play on offense and special teams and everything else that I got to do. … I can't wait to show these guys, show the coaches and everybody, that I'm a player and I'm back and everything."
Reed, the second-year pro out of Utah, played in 13 games last season for the Ravens, seeing most of his action on special teams. Reed returned 21 kickoffs for 616 yards and one touchdown. With him not available Sunday, cornerback Lardarius Webb returned both kickoffs and punts.
Asked whether he expects to return kicks against the Titans, Reed said: "I'm not sure. It's up to [special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg]. I'm just going to continue to compete for it. I think I'll be good at that. I think I'm a great kick returner. I showed that a little bit last year, and I can only get better."
Rice: Offense was 'vanilla'
In the Ravens' victory over the Steelers, they piled up 385 yards of total offense, Ray Rice became only the second running back in Pittsburgh's past 51 games to rush for 100 yards against it and the unit scored 35 points, which was the most the club has posted against the Steelers.
But the Ravens didn't unleash a new, unheard-of offense against Pittsburgh. In fact, Rice called the offense's strategy "vanilla."
"I'm not saying that to downplay our opponent, but we didn't do a lot of trick stuff," he said Wednesday. "It was stuff that we practiced in camp. But one thing we did was we tempoed. The tempo of our offense was a fast tempo — moving guys in and out — because we figured we had to tempo them with it being the first game of the year. They like to play base defense. The tempo was really high. I caught myself coming in and out at times. So everything else worked out really well."
Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs was honored for his record-setting week by being named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week after his performance Sunday against Pittsburgh.
Suggs, 28, recorded three sacks of Ben Roethlisberger to go along with two forced fumbles and five total tackles. The three sacks gave Suggs 71.5 for his career, surpassing Peter Boulware (70) to set a new Ravens record.
"I still try to have as much fun as I can, or as much fun as possible, but if you're losing, you're probably not having that much fun," Suggs said. "So I want to make sure I have as much fun as the years keep going on. But I think I've grown up a little bit. But my kids would probably tell you different. We're just going to continue to have fun. I like my role on the team. I think I've taken my film study up to a new level. I can see things before they happen now. That's one area."
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