The Ravens got a few of their walking wounded back today, as right guard Marshal Yanda, safety Bernard Pollard and even wide receiver Anquan Boldin got out and did some work during this afternoon’s practice.
Boldin (knee surgery) has already been ruled out for Sunday’s game, while Pollard (illness) is on track to play after missing yesterday’s session. The biggest question mark among that trio is Yanda, who sat out Wednesday and Thursday’s practices with rib and thigh contusions.
Head coach John Harbaugh didn’t offer much in the way of updates, but he did say that he’s seeing the banged up players make strides as the week has gone on.
“I would say the guys are progressing,” Harbaugh said. “Obviously, we had some guys get out here and do a little bit of work. Anquan was out here earlier. Marshal got out here early and did some things. We’ll have to see how that progresses. These guys had some pretty serious things. We’ll just have to see.”
Following practice, Yanda updated reporters on his status, saying that he’s still battling through the substantial bruises he suffered on Saturday against the Browns.
“It felt alright,” he said. “It felt OK. Just playing through the rib and the leg a little bit. But it felt alright.
“We’ve got 48 hours yet, but we’ll see what happens. I felt OK out there today, so we’ll see what happens come Sunday. Still don’t know yet. We’ll see.”
Yanda said he’s been feeling a little better every day, and hopes to tough it out and play Sunday.
“The ribs are tough because they obviously hurt like hell on Sunday and I really couldn’t breathe well. My breathing’s getting better, but I still feel them. I’m still dealing with them right now, so we’ll see.
“I’m not thinking about (possibly resting this weekend). I’m just thinking like another week. If I was good enough to go, I’d play. So we’ll see how it goes come Sunday.”
Harbaugh said cornerback Cary Williams, who is recovering from a concussion suffered last weekend, is improving. Williams has yet to pass the full battery of tests that players must go through after being concussed, and was not made available to reporters per league rules.
“Cary’s actually done very well,” Harbaugh said. “Cary’s been limited participation. He looks pretty good right now. He has not been cleared as of yet. It is a concussion.”
Meanwhile, the Ravens were excited to get Boldin back at practice today after the veteran wide receiver underwent surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus last Thursday. Teammates said Boldin was able to move around well, though he just did some light work and caught a few balls.
“Very encouraging,” Harbaugh said. “Anquan is a very tough guy. Marshal is a very tough guy. Cary is very tough. These guys are tough people. They’re doing everything they can.”