— Ravens starting fullback Vonta Leach and offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele may have left Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals with injuries, but they are expected be back on the field for the playoffs.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh indicated neither injury is regarded as serious enough to affect their availability for next weekend's AFC wild-card playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts at M&T Bank Stadium.
Leach left in the first quarter of the 23-17 loss after aggravating his sprained right ankle and was replaced by tight end Billy Bajema.
Osemele left the game in the second quarter to go to the locker room to have a lower-body injury examined. He said later, that he wasn't hurt badly. The Ravens shifted Michael Oher from left tackle to right tackle in place of Osemele and had Bryant McKinnie line up at left tackle.
"Injury-wise, there's nothing to speak of, of consequence," Harbaugh said. "The guys that came out, Vonta and Kelechi, should be fine for next week. I really don't have the diagnosis on [Leach], I just know he's going to be OK."
Meanwhile, the Ravens hope to be much healthier for the postseason after resting starters like wide receiver Anquan Boldin (bruised left shoulder) and strong safety Bernard Pollard (damaged ribs). Both emphasized that they could have played if needed Sunday.
"That's what we were looking to do, get guys rested so we can have all hands on deck next week," Boldin said. "If it was one of those bigger games, I definitely could have played."
Pollard missed his third consecutive game after hurting his ribs again during an overtime loss to the Washington Redskins.
"I could have went," said Pollard, who practiced last week and was probable on the injury report. "Just being smart."
Pollard is excited about the prospects of having a healthier team for the playoffs, especially on defense where the Ravens are hoping to have Pollard, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (torn right biceps) and middle linebacker Ray Lewis (right triceps surgery) back in the lineup.
"This is the first time we get a chance to get our defense back, we're excited and ready to roll," Pollard said. "We look at this as a chance to show our fans, show our coaches, show the city and show the opposing team we're here to play. We got to show what we're made of."
Battling with Burfict
Bengals rookie linebacker Vontaze Burfict got into altercations with Ray Rice and offensive guard Bobbie Williams, triggering personal foul calls against the Ravens in each incident.
Rice roughly shoved Burfict to the ground in the first quarter, leading to an unnecessary roughness penalty. Rice said Burfict was talking a lot of trash.
"I told him he'll be a great player if he didn't talk so much," Rice said. "I got a personal foul messing with him. I don't know if it was that personal. I cut him and went back and I finished him off.
"He's going to be a good player. He's feisty, that's what I told him. You see a young guy like that and talent will only take you so far."
Burfict, who was undrafted, has become the Bengals' leading tackler and had a game-high 18 tackles Sunday, gloated afterward.
"[Rice] chopped me," he said. "I don't know what he tried to do, but he tried to take a cheap shot. That's football. At the end of the day, he got a personal foul and I didn't. Big man wins. The old Vontaze would have did exactly what he did, talked a little [stuff] and then walked off."
Williams said Burfict kicked him, leading him to retaliate in the second quarter to draw an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
"He's just a young pup out there," Williams said. "Hey, it's football. He gave me a kick, it is what it is."