Yanda, Cundiff Active; Boldin Out

The Ravens Pro Bowl right guard is expected to start in Sunday’s regular-season finale.

Posted by Garrett Downing on Sunday, January 1st, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Categories: 2011 Season Gameday, Garrett Downing, Week 17 at Bengals

With a windy afternoon in Cincinnati, the Ravens may look to lean on their running game during Sunday’s game.

That might be a good thing, especially with Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda active and expected to start.

He has rib and thigh contusions and he missed practice Wednesday and Thursday before returning Friday as a limited participant. The rib injury makes it difficult for Yanda to breathe at times, and he was doubtful heading into the weekend.

“The ribs are tough because they obviously hurt like hell on Sunday and I really couldn’t breathe well,” Yanda said on Friday. “My breathing is getting better, but I still feel them, still dealing with them right now.”

Yanda is arguably the Ravens top offensive lineman, and a key part of the running game.

Kicker Billy Cundiff is also back in the lineup after missing last week’s game because of a calf injury. Veteran Shayne Graham is inactive after starting in Cundiff’s place last week and connecting on both of his field-goal attempts.

Cundiff was a limited participant in practice all week and said Friday that the injury was improving.

“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 will have the challenge of kicking through difficult weather circumstances, as the forecast is calling for 20 mile-per-hour winds for most of the afternoon.

Wide receiver Anquan Boldin is inactive after making a surprising return to practice on Friday, just eight days after having knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. When Boldin initially had the surgery, Harbaugh said that he would miss the final two games of the regular season and return for the playoffs.

But then Boldin was cleared to practice, creating some hope that he might be able to play Sunday.

With Boldin out, rookie receiver Tandon Doss is active for the second straight week. He was the third receiving option last week, but did not have any receptions and admitted after the game that his timing was off with quarterback Joe Flacco.

“We’ve got to get our chemistry together,” Doss said. “We haven’t worked together as much, so hopefully we’ll get that worked out.”

The Ravens defense has some key players returning to the lineup.

Cornerback Cary Williams is active and expected to start after suffering a concussion last week against Cleveland. Williams practiced in a limited capacity all week and was listed as questionable on the final injury report.

Starting defensive end Cory Redding is active after missing last week’s game with an ankle injury. He practiced on a limited basis throughout the week and his return to the lineup should provide a boost to the defensive line.

Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is inactive with a concussion he suffered in last week’s game. He did not practice at all during the week.

The other inactives for Baltimore are running back Anthony Allen, defensive back Danny Gorrer, offensive lineman D.J. Jones, and linebacker Sergio Kindle.

For the Bengals, safeties Taylor Mays and Robert Sands, linebacker Dontay Moch, offensive guard Otis Hudson, tight end Colin Cochart, wide receiver Armon Binns and defensive tackle Nick Hayden are all inactive.

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