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1/2: Who’s Practicing, Who's Not

Posted Jan 2, 2013

Nobody missed Wednesday's practice, and 11 players were listed as limited participants.


John Harbaugh’s decision to rest players in the regular-season finale against the Bengals is paying off, as the Ravens are getting healthy at the right time.

For the first time since Nov. 8 (Week 10), they had nobody held out of a practice.

Osemele Full Participant, Leach Limited

Two offensive starters had to leave Sunday’s game in the first half with injuries, but they were back at practice Wednesday.

Right tackle Kelechi Osemele suffered a knee injury in the second quarter and didn’t return, but he was able to practice.

Fullback Vonta Leach (knee/ankle) went down on the second play of the game and did not return. He was limited for Wednesday’s practice.

Both players are expected to be available for Sunday’s playoff matchup with the Colts, as Harbaugh said after the game that the injuries were not serious.

Reid, Yanda Both Limited

The Ravens also have two other starting offensive linemen included on the injury report, as left guard Jah Reid (toe) and right guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder/knee) were both limited participants.

Yanda sat out Sunday’s game with the Bengals to rest up for the playoffs, but he did miss the Week 15 game against Denver because of an ankle injury. Reid’s toe injury has not been previously included on the injury report.

The backup for both Reid and Yanda is veteran Bobbie Williams, who played Sunday in place of Yanda.

Ngata, McPhee, Pollard and Pierce Limited

The Ravens also rested Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (knee) last week, and he practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday. Ngata has dealt with injuries throughout this season, but he has played through them for the most part.

Ngata sat out Sunday’s game and the Week 10 contest against the Oakland Raiders.

Defensive end Pernell McPhee (thigh) and safety Bernard Pollard (chest) were also limited in practice. McPhee played only 15 snaps last week against the Bengals, and he has also worked through injuries this season.

Pollard has missed three straight games, but he was able to practice fully last week and he’s expected to return to the lineup Sunday.

Offensively, running back Bernard Pierce (ankle) and wide receiver Tandon Doss (ankle) were both limited.

Pierce played against the Bengals and carried the ball a career-high 22 times. He left the game at one point, but returned and was able to finish. Doss has missed two straight games with the injury.

The other limited participants were running back Anthony Allen (head), tight end Billy Bajema (head) and cornerback Chris Johnson.

Lewis Expects To Play Sunday

When veteran Ray Lewis met with the media Wednesday to announce his retirement plans after the season, he made it clear that he plans to suit up Sunday.

Lewis has worked his way back from a torn triceps injury to have an opportunity to take the field again in the postseason, and he doesn’t expect to be told he can’t play.

“I don’t think the people that I work with would tell me no Sunday,” Lewis said. “We’ve got a great relationship with each other that I trust them, and they trust me. I’ve worked my butt off to get to this point. There is no reason for me not to be playing on Sunday.”

Lewis was a full participant Wednesday and he said that his arm feels back to normal.

“I just think where I have it now – 100 percent,” Lewis said. “I can’t tell you there is no weakness in it. I can’t tell you if I go out there, I might do this, I might do that. I don’t think I would put myself, as well as my teammates, in that position. Have I played hurt before? Absolutely. With this injury, because of what I do so much, I don’t think I would take that chance.”

Reed, Suggs and Boldin Full Participants

In addition to Lewis, the Ravens have nine other players listed on the injury report as full participants.

Wide receiver Anquan Boldin (shoulder) sat out last week’s game after suffering the injury against the Giants, but he was able to practice fully.

Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (biceps) and safety Ed Reed (shoulder) have played through injuries this season and were both able to practice at full capacity.

The other full participants listed on the injury report were defensive end Arthur Jones (thigh), linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (ankle), linebacker Albert McClellan (shoulder/thigh), cornerback Jimmy Smith and wide receiver Torrey Smith (knee).

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