Pollard's proclamation: 'We are the problem'

Pollard's proclamation: 'We are the problem'
December 19, 2012, 1:15 pm
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After missing last week’s game and not being around the facility all week, safety Bernard Pollard re-appeared Wednesday.

The Ravens (9-5) could use him and linebackers Ray Lewis (triceps) and Dannell Ellerbe (ankle) for Sunday’s final regular season home game vs. the New York Giants.

“We dug a hole. We can’t complain. We did it. We pissed this thing away. … We, as a team, got to come together,” Pollard said of the three-game losing streak. “We got to fix it.”

Pollard wouldn’t speak specifics about his injury, but he has been listed by the team as it being chest and/or ribs since Week 2 when he was knocked out of a game with the Philadelphia Eagles. In that game, Pollard sacked Michael Vick, and the top of teammate Courtney Upshaw’s helmet crashed into his rib cage.  Pollard, who wasn’t wearing rib-protecting pads, left that game and never returned in a 24-23 loss. He hadn’t missed a game until last week’s 34-17 loss to the Denver Broncos.

“We’re banged up right now. We got guys fighting through. We got to make a freaking run at some point. We got to get out 10th win,” Pollard said. “We’ve been saying that the last few weeks.”

Whether or not Pollard will be able to practice fully at some point is to be determined. He wouldn’t admit who made the decision to sit out the Denver game, but reading between the lines it was his call. The Ravens need one victory, or a loss by the Cincinnati Bengals, to clinch the AFC North. 

“It’s one of those things where we have to be smart. … when your body is not responding the way you want it to, we as competitors want to be out there and do everything we can to help," he said. "But when the body says, ‘Shut up. Sit down. Rest,” that’s what you got to do.”

After a 16-13 overtime win at the San Diego Chargers, the Ravens’ last victory on Nov. 25, Pollard was among those who believed this team was special. He even spoke of “eyeing” New Orleans for the Feb. 3 Super Bowl.

His tune, of course, has changed drastically.

“What happened? Well, you know what happened is us. We are the problem,” he said. “We have to fix this issue. Everybody’s talking about, ‘Well you’re in the playoffs.’ Well who cares? Because the way we’ve played who cares about the playoffs? If we don’t fix it that’s going to carry over into the playoffs. We don’t want that to happen. “

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