Ravens battered, bruised coming out of Christmas Eve win

The Ravens earned a big home win today, giving them an 8-0 record at M&T Bank Stadium this season.

But it came at a cost.

Four Ravens suffered somewhat significant injuries in this afternoon’s game, including two starters.

Right guard Marshal Yanda, who hasn’t missed a game this season, had to leave the game before halftime with what he says are bruised ribs. Yanda says his status for next Sunday’s game at Cincinnati is uncertain at this point.

“We’ll find out tomorrow about next week,” Yanda said. “It’s not really feeling any better. I’m on some pain pills right now to slow it down a little bit. Anything over a deep breath, I can’t do deep breaths right now. Deep breaths are real painful.

“I was cutting No. 71 (defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin) and he was trying to come across the face and I took a knee right in my ribs. I don’t know if it’s broken yet or not. We’ll find out tomorrow. I can’t breathe real well right now.”

Yanda was replaced by Andre Gurode, who has now gotten snaps at left guard, center and right guard this season.

In addition to Yanda, starting cornerback Cary Williams suffered a concussion, as did reserve linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. Initial testing seems to indicate that Ellerbe might not have to miss too much time as a result of his injury.

“Dannell Ellerbe I think looks pretty decent,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “I don’t have a report yet on Cary.”

Then there’s wide receiver/kick returner David Reed, who said after the game that he suffered a season-ending knee injury on the opening kickoff return of the second half.

Reed is believed to have torn the ACL in his left knee, and was fighting back emotions when approached by reporters in front of his locker.

“I made a cut on the kickoff return, and it buckled,” Reed said. “My knee buckled.”

This marks another unfortunate injury for the second-year man out of Utah, who has battled a host of ailments since being drafted last year.

At the end of his rookie season, Reed missed time due to a concussion and wrist injury, and he needed surgery this offseason to repair the wrist. This season, Reed has been hampered by shoulder, knee and finger injuries.

Reed lost two fumbles back in a Week 10 loss to the Seahawks, but coaches have been pleased with his effort in practice this week, and he battled to earn the kick return job back for today’s game.

“It’s frustrating, but God’s got his plan for me, and I’ve just got to let him work his magic,” Reed said.

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