OL Bobbie Williams likely to play vs. Raiders

OL Bobbie Williams likely to play vs. Raiders
November 8, 2012, 1:00 pm
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The outlook for left guard Bobbie Williams appears promising for Sunday's game vs. the Oakland Raiders.

Williams, who has a sore ankle that required surgery last season, was held out of practice for the second day in a row Thursday but isn't favoring it. Coach John Harbaugh anticipated resting Williams so he'll be healthy on game day.

"I expect to be out there," he said Thursday. "I'm just going to keep getting the ankle right, doing what we can. We just going to take it day-to-day."

Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder), right guard Marshal Yanda (ankle) and defensive end Pernell McPhee (thigh) sat out Thursday for the second consecutive pratice too. Ed Reed (shoulder/knee) was upgraded as he had limited participation after not getting on the field Wednesday.

The Ravens' hurry-up offense led by quarterback Joe Flacco has a renewed focus on the run, which means Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce are being more integrated in the play calls.

The duo combined for 32 carries for 124 yards in a 25-15 win at the Cleveland Browns last weekend. It was the most carries for the Ravens all season.

"As offensive linemen, we enjoy it," said Williams, a free-agent acquisition from the Cincinnati Bengals who began starting for the Ravens in Week 6. "Just makes things easier for everybody, for Joe and for us in the fourth quarter. Those defensive linemen over there are tired. It's always a plus."

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