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Ravens will work out Hakeem Nicks during bye

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- A day after losing Steve Smith Sr. for the season, the Baltimore Ravens will work out a group of free-agent wide receivers that includes Hakeem Nicks, sources told ESPN's Ed Werder.

The Ravens are trying to improve a group of unproven and inconsistent receivers: Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown, Chris Givens and Jeremy Ross. None rank in the NFL's top 60 in receiving yards this season.

On Monday, coach John Harbaugh said that he wouldn't rule out bringing in another receiver.

"Obviously, we're looking real hard right now to figure out what we're going to do," he said.

With what's left in free agency, the Ravens are probably regretting not addressing the wide receiver position beyond drafting Breshad Perriman in the first round and Darren Waller in the sixth. Perriman has yet to play a snap this season because of a sprained knee, and Waller was placed on injured reserve last week.

The Ravens are now in desperation mode in looking at Nicks, who has reportedly worked out for four teams (New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots) but remains unsigned.

Nicks, 27, was a top receiver for the Giants for 2010 and 2011, catching a total of 155 passes for 2,244 yards and 18 touchdowns in those seasons. But injuries to his left knee and right foot have caused him to struggle in recent years.

He had a forgettable season with the Indianapolis Colts last season (career lows of 38 receptions and 405 yards receiving), and he was cut in training camp this year by the Tennessee Titans.

The Ravens (2-6) are on the bye and will play host to the Jacksonville Jaguars in two weeks.