Wake-up call: Ravens might sit Lee Evans

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The Baltimore Ravens are considering sitting Lee Evans so that the wide receiver can fully recover from an injured ankle, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Evans, who led the Ravens this preseason in receiving yards, has caught two passes in the regular season for 45 yards. He wore a protective boot Wednesday and was limited in practice all last week.

"I think it's affecting him," John Harbaugh said at his Monday news conference. "There is no doubt about it. We're going to have to take a hard look at that. To me, if he can do the things we need him to do, he plays. If he can't, he won't play. We've been nursing this thing now for a month. And I don't see it getting a lot better. So either he can play like we need him to, or he can't."

The Ravens traded a fourth-round pick to the Buffalo Bills for Evans. He was placed on injured reserve in the final month of last season after spraining his ankle. Evans finished with his lowest catch total of his career last season (37).

Hensley's slant: Sitting Evans is a tougher decision with No. 3 wide receiver David Reed out at least three weeks with a shoulder injury. If Evans and Reed are both out Sunday at St. Louis, rookie second-round pick Torrey Smith could be pushed into the starting lineup despite not catching a pass this season. The Ravens really don't have enough depth at wide receiver to rest Evans.

  • Cincinnati Bengals: Cincinnati is dealing with lapses on defense after allowing an average 6.8 yards on first downs and giving up four passes over 25 yards. "I don't know who that team was that was out there," defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer told The Cincinnati Enquirer. "It is the first time I've seen it with this bunch practice or otherwise. I don't know who that team was that was out there. It is the first time I've seen it with this bunch practice or otherwise." Hensley's slant: The Bengals defense looks like it has slipped more than last season, when it dropped from No. 4 in 2009 to No. 15. It's disturbing when Willis McGahee and Eric Decker are exposing the defense.

  • Cleveland Browns: Pat Shurmur is still learning about his team after notching the first win of the career, according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer. His job as coach has been underscored by the fact that he met his players seven weeks ago because of the lockout and 24 players on his roster are either first- or second-year players. Hensley's slant: New coaches were supposed to be at a disadvantage this year because there were no organized team workouts this offseason. But Shurmur has gotten his players up to speed very quickly, and Cleveland is one defensive breakdown away from leading the division.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers: Pittsburgh committed to the running game again as the Steelers rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns. As The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review pointed out, that's why the Steelers dominated time of possession, 38:44 to 21:16. Hensley's slant: Most of the Steelers' rushing yards were hard-fought. Rashard Mendenhall didn't have much success in between the tackles and gained a good chunk of his yards by bouncing to the outside.