Safety Bernard Pollard hasn’t been one to miss games, even when hurting, since entering the NFL in 2006.
In his first six seasons, Pollard sat out just four games, so that made his absence from Sunday’s loss to the Broncos all the more noticeable.
The Ravens safety sat out a game for the first time in two seasons, and he’s working toward making sure his chest injury doesn’t sideline him for another.
“I feel good, but it comes down to a point of, can I go out there and help my team with the way the pads are and hitting people and everything else?” Pollard said Wednesday. “So we’ll see. It’s going to be a good one, but it’s not about me. It’s about us finding a rhythm and us getting into a good stride and us going from here on out.”
Pollard started each of the Ravens’ first 13 games, leading the team with 98 tackles, including two sacks, while adding six passes defended and an interception.
Asked whether he aggravated an injury suffered in Week 2 at Philadelphia, Pollard declined to provide specifics about how he hurt himself.
“It’s just the game, so you’re going to get hurt week in and week out,” he said. “Everybody around the league’s hurting. Nobody’s complaining, so no complaints coming from this way.”
But for Pollard to miss a game, it had to be pretty significant.
“You know what? This is a consequence of playing the game,” he said. “You’re going to get banged up, you’re going to do certain things and I think for us as players, we know that, we understand that, but our body is our company and if we can’t play right, if we can’t contribute and help our team win, there’s no reason for us to be out there.
“We, as competitors, we want to be out there doing whatever we can to help. But when the body says, ‘Shut up, sit down, rest,’ that’s what you’ve got to do.”
As for whether he has a shot to return Sunday against the Giants, that’ll be determined by Pollard, the team’s training staff and doctors.
“We’re going to do everything we can to be ready to go,” Pollard said.