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The Ravens will have a handful of decisions to make in the next 48 hours.
Right guard Marshal Yanda, kicker Billy Cundiff, cornerback Cary Williams and others appear to be game-time decisions for Sunday’s game in Cincinnati.
Even wide receiver Anquan Boldin seemingly has a chance.
Head Coach John Harbaugh is waiting a couple more days to see how players heal before making the call.
“We’ll just have to see how [it] progresses,” Harbaugh said. “I mean these guys had some pretty serious things though, so we’ll just have to see.”
Yanda Returns To Practice, But Is Doubtful
Yanda practiced for the first time Friday after suffering chestand thigh contusions against the Browns.
But the Pro Bowl right guard is still listed as doubtful on the injury report.
Yanda felt that if he wanted to give himself a “legitimate shot of even thinking about playing” that he had to practice on Friday.
“I felt OK out there today, so we’ll see what happens come Sunday,” Yanda said. “We’ll see.”
Yanda told reporters he’s feeling a little better every day, but is still feeling the pain in his ribs. He said he hasn’t played through a worse injury in his career before.
“The ribs are tough because they obviously hurt like hell on Sunday and I really couldn’t breathe well,” he said. “My breathing is getting better, but I still feel them, still dealing with them right now.”
If Yanda isn’t able to go, he could be replaced by backup center Andre Gurode, who stepped in during the second quarter of the Browns game and finished it out.
Boldin Back On The Field
Just eight days after having surgery to repair a slight tear in his meniscus tendon (knee), Boldin is back in his jersey.
He was a limited participant during Friday’s practice and was upgraded from “out” on the injury report to “doubtful.”
ESPN’s John Clayton reported Friday afternoon that Boldin has been cleared by his doctor and “might try to play.”
Harbaugh originally said last week that Boldin would miss the remainder of the regular season, but Boldin has progressed quickly.
“Very encouraging,” Harbaugh said of Boldin practicing.
“Those guys rehab hard. Anquan is a very tough guy. Marshal is a very tough guy. Cary is very tough. Those guys are tough people. They want to do everything they can to play, and I think they are all doing everything they can to play as soon as they can.”
Kicker Call Coming Down To The Wire
The Ravens have yet to publicly make a decision on which kicker they will take into Cincinnati: Cundiff or Shayne Graham.
Graham joked that reporters know as much about who will kick as he does.
Cundiff returned to practice on a limited basis this week, and said he responded well to the kicking. But he also said he’s not 100 percent yet.
“It felt good at practice,” Cundiff said. “When you’re getting over an injury, it’s not going to be 100 percent for a while. But I think I’m getting to the point where I’ll be much better than when I tried to play last time.”
Cundiff kicked against the Indianapolis Colts after suffering his left calf injury. He hit a 36-yarder, but did not attempt any kickoffs in the second half.
Graham was signed by the Ravens last week and went 2-for-2 from beyond 40 yards against the Browns.
He said he’s preparing to play but does not know what expectations to have.
“I guess at this point it’s all up to how he feels and what their decision is,” Graham said. “I plan on being ready if asked, but I’m sure he wants to get back in and I’m sure they’ll figure it out. That’s not in my control any more at this point.”
Graham kicked in Cincinnati for seven years and said there is a comfort level that goes along with that.
“I hope I play, but I hope Billy is OK too,” Graham said. “We both are competitors. We both want to play.”
Redding Says He’s Back
Defensive end Cory Redding practiced on a limited basis throughout the week after missing last Sunday’s game with an ankle injury.
Now he is listed as questionable heading into the Bengals game, but appears to be taking a positive outlook on his status.
“I’m pumped and ready to end the regular season with a bang! C-Redd is back!” Redding tweeted Friday afternoon.
Getting Redding back would help tighten up a run defense that allowed 112 rushing yards to Browns running back Peyton Hilllis last Saturday.
Williams Looks Good Right Now
Cornerback Cary Williams has not been cleared to play yet after suffering a concussion last week.
But he is making progress, and could get that go-ahead during an evaluation Saturday.
“Cary has actually done really well,” Harbaugh said. “He looks pretty good right now.”
Williams was a limited practice participant throughout the week and is listed as questionable. He would help against Cincinnati’s talented wide receiver corps including A.J. Green and Jerome Simpson.
Since he was not cleared yet, Williams was not available to talk to the media.
In other concussion news, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe did not practice at all this week and is listed as doubtful.