Signs point to Pollard, Yanda being out vs. Broncos

Signs point to Pollard, Yanda being out vs. Broncos
December 14, 2012, 4:15 pm
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Ravens prepare for Peyton Manning

Jameel McClain is the only player for the Ravens declared out for Sunday's game vs. the Denver Broncos, but it's likely that more will be added to the list when the 46-man active roster is revealed on game day.

The Ravens haven’t had safety Bernard Pollard (ribs) or right guard Marshal Yanda (ankle) in practice all week. Only Friday did defensive end Pernell McPhee (groin) and fullback Vonta Leach (ankle) take snaps.

The Ravens (9-4) are in a precarious position as they try to end a two-game losing streak and clinch the AFC North with a win against Peyton Manning, who they haven't beaten since 2001.

According to coach John Harbaugh, McClain is in Los Angeles getting his back and neck evaluated by a specialist.

Terrell Suggs (biceps) is among eight players listed as questionable, including Leach, Yanda, Pollard, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (ankle), defensive ends Arthur Jones (shoulder) and Pernell McPhee (groin) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (groin).

Ray Lewis (triceps) is eligible to return from the injured list, but the team has to activate him which would happen Saturday. They'd also have to bump a player from the roster to make room.

Harbaugh made it clear that he's being coy with injury statuses going into Sunday's game. 

"There’s no advantage to us to let anybody know if guys are going to play or not," he said. "We’ve got an idea on some guys and we’ve got a lesser idea on some other guys."

Pollard had been playing injured since Week 2, when he was knocked out of a game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He was hit by teammate Courtney Upshaw’s helmet as they converged on Michael Vick for a sack. Pollard wasn’t wearing rib protection pads. If he doesn't play, he'll be replaced in the starting lineup by James Ihedigbo.

Yanda had to be carried off the field in last week’s loss to the Washington Redskins. He could be replaced by Bobbie Williams or the line could be shuffled to make room for Bryant McKinnie, the projected starting left tackle coming into the season who was benched and hasn’t started a game.

Another option is Ramon Harewood, a third-year player who is playing his first full season after a series of knee injuries derailed his previous two. Harewood was the starting left guard for the first five games but lost his job to Williams, who hasn’t been 100% because of ankle surgery. Jah Reid has started the last four games.

McPhee had missed five games with a knee injury before returning for limited action in the last two.

Running back Ray Rice (hip contusion) is among seven listed as probable.