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The bye helped most of the Ravens get healthy, but there are still a couple players to keep an eye on.
Inside linebackers Jameel McClain and Brendon Ayanbadejo will be game-time decisions for Sunday’s divisional showdown against the Texans, said Head Coach John Harbaugh.
Both are listed as questionable on the team’s final injury report and were limited in practice on Thursday and Friday.
“They both practiced to different degrees and we’ll just have to see where they are on Sunday right before the game,” Harbaugh said. “We are optimistic.”
McClain sprained his knee in the regular-season finale against Cincinnati. He came to the sideline but later returned to the field and finished out the game. McClain was not listed on Wednesday’s injury report, but was added on Thursday.
“I’m ready to go out there and play,” McClain said Friday, before showing off his mobility with some boxing moves. “My knee feels better, of course. Look at me, I’m bouncing around with ya’ll. I’m good.”
Ayanbadejo (thigh) also went down in the Bengals game. He was limited in practice all week.
Baltimore should get linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (concussion) back to help supplement the group, especially if McClain or Ayanbadejo are out. Ellerbe was cleared for contact on Wednesday and practiced fully throughout the week.
The other two Ravens who suffered concussions two weeks ago – cornerback Jimmy Smith and safety Tom Zbikowski – will also play.
Generally, Ravens Are Healthy
What a difference a bye week makes. Two weeks ago, the Ravens had all sorts of injury issues followingtheir regular-season finale in Cincinnati.
Now the Ravens are pretty healthy as a group.
Every player on the team practiced in some form this week. Harbaugh said on Monday that he anticipated everybody will play.
“It’s definitely a rare feeling,” outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said. “We’ve never been this healthy in the playoffs and as rested. We’ll just see how we take advantage of the opportunity – if we capitalize on it or we let another one slip away.”
Reed’s Playing Through Pain
Safety Ed Reed played in all 16 games for the first time since 2008.
But he’s also dealing with shoulder pain, Reed revealed this week. And it’s affecting the way he plays.
Reed cited his shoulder, which he described as “hanging on,” as being a reason why he missed four tackles over the past four weeks.
“Your body goes through a lot of changes and you do what you have to do to stay healthy,” Reed said. “I commend these guys just on what we’ve been through with the team this year, guys battling through injuries and still playing.”
Reed is not listed on the Ravens’ injury report and is expected to suit up. According to coaches, he is still greatly influencing the passing game because opponents are throwing away from him.
Yanda Nearly Back To Full Strength
Right guard Marshal Yanda revealed he had emergency calf surgery on Christmas Eve. That’s on top of the rib and thigh contusions he was dealing with.
Now after nearly two weeks of rest, including a lighter week of practice leading up to the divisional playoff, the Pro Bowler says he’s close to being back at full strength.
“I’m probably about 95 percent,” Yanda said. “Just as long as I don’t fall on them real hard, I’ll be fine. I can play at a high level.”
Boldin Looks Good In Practice
Wide receiver Anquan Boldin will be back on the field for the first time since Dec. 18, and says he feels better than he has at any point this season.
Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron agreed that he looks stronger in practice.
“But to me, he has always looked good,” Cameron said. “It kind of caught me by surprise when he did have his knee [injury], but he is back ready to go. I think he is really excited to play.”
Boldin had a season-high eight receptions for 132 yards against the Texans in Week 6.
Texans List 18 Players
There’s a bounty of Texans on their injury report, including wide receiver Andre Johnson (knee), tight end Owen Daneils (hand/knee), cornerback Johnathan Joseph (hip) and guard Mike Brisiel (ankle).