Hymes on receiving end of another opportunity


Reed still doubtful

M. Smith returns to practice


By default, the Ravens are turning to a player who just won't go away.

Receiver Randy Hymes figures to have another opportunity when the Ravens play the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Hymes might replace Mark Clayton, who suffered an ankle injury against the Cleveland Browns and missed most of that game.

Hymes caught just one pass in more than 50 snaps in place of Clayton against Cleveland, but the reception went for 19 yards and converted a third down. As has been the case during Hymes' four seasons, he made the most of limited chances.

"I had a coach back in college that told me opportunities don't come but once in a lifetime, and you have to take advantage when they present itself," Hymes said. "I'm that type of guy. I'm ready, and I'm going to stay ready."

For Hymes, opportunities have seemingly come and gone every year. He started this season as the fourth receiver behind Derrick Mason, Clarence Moore and Clayton, even though he finished last season as a starter. It was a season in which he went from the third receiver to starter to a game-day inactive twice, then back to starter.

Now Hymes and Moore, who was a starter at the beginning of the season but a game-day inactive Sunday, may have to replace Clayton, who is questionable for the game.

Clayton, along with safety Ed Reed (ankle), did not participate in team drills yesterday. Reed is listed as doubtful.

"Ed is responding to it real well," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "All the imaging is good, but it's still a high ankle sprain. ... Very doubtful for this game."

As for Moore, like Hymes, he is getting another chance. Moore has struggled with drops this season and hit the low point when he stood on the sideline out of uniform Sunday. Moore, who has three catches for 59 yards, said he learned of his status late last week when he played with the scout team.

"I knew from that point that my role was to give a good look for the defense," Moore said. "It hits you because you're held out of competition, but you've just got to accept the fact and help out any way you can."

M. Smith is back

Running back Musa Smith practiced for the first time since breaking his leg against the Dallas Cowboys last November.

Smith will have 15 practices before the Ravens decide whether to put him on the active roster or injured reserve for the rest of the season. He is one of the team's best special teams players.

"It's been a long process," Smith said. "It's been real testing. But I'm excited to get back out there, but at the same time I just don't know how the leg is going to hold up endurance-wise."

End zone

Ray Lewis did not practice yesterday because of a thigh injury. Lewis is probable on the team's injury report. Mike Flynn (ankle/toe, probable), Ovie Mughelli (ankle, questionable) and Tony Weaver (toe, will not play) also did not practice. Alan Ricard (calf, questionable) did not participate in team drills. Kyle Boller (toe, out), meanwhile, threw for the first time in practice since hurting his toe in the season opener. The Ravens, though, have not changed the timetable for Boller's return.


Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.