Pollard wants to play in finale

Pollard wants to play in finale
December 28, 2012, 8:00 am
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Ravens take pride in winning AFC North

For the first time in a few weeks, Bernard Pollard is in the Ravens locker room.

He missed the last two games, but the safety has practiced fully going into Sunday's regular-season finale at the Cincinnati Bengals.

Whether or not he'll be a candidate to play will be determined later Friday when coach John Harbaugh has to declare who if anyone is out.

Pollard (ribs) was out getting treatment for an injury he has played through since Week 2. He wasn't with the team for the 34-17 loss to the Denver Broncos or its 33-14 win vs. the New York Giants.

With a playoff berth already in hand, Pollard would be a candidate to sit out the finale. The Ravens (10-5) haven't missed a beat with James Ihedigbo filling in for him, and they'll face the Bengals as a No. 3 seed or the Indianapolis Colts as a No. 4 seed in the postseason.

"I'm doing everything I can to play. It comes down to our doctors. It comes down to our coaches," Pollard said. "I'm a competitor. I hate sitting out. That's for the birds. I want to work for my money."

Other players in the secondary, notably Chykie Brown, Corey Graham and even rookie Omar Brown, produced in the win vs. the Giants that ended a three-gme losing streak.

Brown, just a second-year player, had four pass breakups. Brown had one of three sacks of Eli Manning.

"They balled out. That's just exciting for our players, just to see where we're trying to go," Pollard said. "We got to understand that everybody is bringing their A game. Nobody's slacking. We're going after that Lombrardi (Trophy) and everybody else is trying to get it.