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Bernard Pollard on returning from rib injury: 'Sitting out as a competitor, it's one of the worst things'

Sidelined for the past two games with damaged ribs aggravated during a loss to the Washington Redskins, Ravens veteran strong safety Bernard Pollard returned to practice on a full-time basis Wednesday.

"I'm trying to see how the body responds," Pollard said. "Definitely, it felt great. We'll see. We're trying to get this thing going. It' sa tough sport. It's the consequences of the game. It does no good to harp on injuries because everybody around the league his hurt."

James Ihedigbo has been starting in place of Pollard.

"It was great," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "Bernard went through the full practice. So he was a full participant in practice. That was great to see. Obviously, going forward, he’s a big, big part of what we’re doing, a big part of our defense."

For Pollard, it's been a difficult time to have to sit out late in the season.

"As a competitor, man, it's one of the worst things," Pollard said. "As many of us know, when the body shuts you down you got to wait until you're able to be back."

While Pollard didn't characterize his status as a lock to return for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals, he did indicate that there's a much better chance of him playing Sunday.

"We're going to do what's best for all of us," Pollard said. "This thing is going fast. We're on the last game of the season going into the playoffs. It's a quick season.

"I want to be as healthy as I can for the playoffs. That's all of our No. 1 goal. We want to get back as quick as we can as healthy as we can."

awilson@baltsun.com

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