Ravens expect to be at full strength vs. Broncos

Running back Bernard Pierce and fullback Vonta Leach returned to Ravens practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday.

So coach John Harbaugh is anticipating a full healthy roster, except for perhaps offensive lineman Jah Reid, in Saturday’s divisional round contest at the Denver Broncos.

“It’s encouraging to have all our guys,” Harbaugh told reporters. “We aren’t anticipating anybody missing this game. We’ll have that (injury) report out for you, but I don’t think there’s going to be anything on there that’s going to surprise you at all. We look like we’re in good shape.”

Pierce missed Wednesday with a knee ailment while Leach is suffering from knee and ankle issues. Reid sat out last week’s win with a toe injury and has not practiced this week.

The Ravens will be much closer to full strength than when they lost to the Broncos in December, but they don’t need anything to additionally ramp up their anticipation of the second-round match-up.

“There’s always excitement, anticipation,” Harbaugh told reporters. “It’s the playoffs. It’s the divisional round. We’ve had a chance to be here every year (since 2008). Once again, here we are, no more nervous than any other game. Every single regular season game you get excited about. There’s always that anxiety. Probably, the better word is anxiety. You are always anxious to get going. Once you get going, you are kind of in the fray. We’ll be looking forward to it.”