Health rebounds in time for playoffs

Health rebounds in time for playoffs
December 25, 2012, 12:15 pm
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Joe Flacco rebounded in the passing game and the running attack was at its best when the Ravens ended their three-game losing streak against the New York Giants.

But a major factor in that was health.

The Ravens still didn’t have Ray Lewis (triceps) and lost Albert McClellan (thigh/shoulder) for the first time this season, but they walked into that 33-14 victory as healthy as they exited.

Receiver Anquan Boldin led all receivers with 7 catches for 93 yards before he went out in the third quarter ahead 24-3.

"Anquan has a shoulder bruise, so we’ll see how that develops during the course of the week. All of the other stuff that we had were basically things that will be day-to-day-type things,” coach John Harbaugh said. “There were no major injuries, so we are very fortunate there.

“We continue to get a little bit healthier, and some of the guys who have been working through some injuries should get a little bit better throughout the course of the week.”

Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and tight end Ed Dickson came back after both were hurt in a Nov. 25 game at San Diego. That’s when a three-game losing streak started.

Dickson is having a sub-par season statistically, but his blocking along with the other tight end, Dennis Pitta, helped end it. The third man at the position, Billy Bajema, even drew praise from Harbaugh.  Running backs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce went over 100 yards each for the first time this season. 

Ellerbe had a sack of Eli Manning negated by an offsides penalty on Terrell Suggs. 

"The fact that we are getting guys healthy now, that's going to be the big key ... heading into the playoffs," Ellerbe said. "If we can keep our guys healthy, we'll be good in January."

The Ravens will host a wild-card playoff game on Jan. 5 or 6 vs. the Cincinnati Bengals or Indianapolis Colts.