Ravens getting generous, Pollard battling illness

After the Ravens put the finishing touches on their perfect 8-0 home season on Saturday, head coach John Harbaugh said he was giving the game ball to the Ravens’ fans for their part the undefeated campaign.

Harbaugh-game-ball-sidebar.jpgHarbaugh couldn’t actually give out a game ball to every single Ravens fan, but today, he handed out personalized, specially-made ones to three season ticket holders chosen at random by a computer.

The presentation occurred on the Ravens’ indoor field following this afternoon’s practice.

“I just want to say what a pleasure it is to accept this on behalf of all Ravens fans, and I’m honored to be here to represent,” said Delray Smith, one of the fans presented with a game ball.

Meanwhile, it appears there’s a bit of a winter bug going around the Ravens’ locker room.

After defensive tackle Art Jones missed yesterday’s practice with an illness, safety Bernard Pollard was the next to come down with something.

According to today’s injury report Pollard sat out today’s session because of an illness. Also missing practice today were guard Marshal Yanda (chest) and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (concussion).

As was the case yesterday, kicker Billy Cundiff (left calf), defensive end Cory Redding (ankle) and cornerback Cary Williams (concussion) were limited today.

Williams should take his baseline test tomorrow, and assuming everything goes as planned, he’ll be able to play Sunday against the Bengals.

The Bengals’ injury report looks almost exactly the same today as it did yesterday. Safety Taylor Mays (hamstring) and linebacker Dontay Moch (illness) both missed practice for a second straight day, while defensive end Carlos Dunlap (hamstring) was downgraded to no participation.

Wide receiver A.J. Green (shoulder), left tackle Andrew Whitworth (knee), Frostee Rucker (neck) and strong safety Chris Crocker (knee) all were limited today.

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