Haloti Ngata, who was just named to his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl Wednesday night, did not practice for the second straight day, but defensive coordinator Dean Pees said he has no concerns about the defensive tackle’s availability for Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals.
“I think he’s getting there,” Pees said of Ngata, who has been dealing with shoulder and knee injuries. “He’s been banged up, it seems like, kind of all year here and there. But he’s getting some well-deserved rest.”
In addition to Ngata, fullback Vonta Leach and right guard Marshal Yanda sat out Thursday’s session. Leach, who was selected to his third consecutive Pro Bowl, was limited Wednesday by an ankle injury and stood on the sideline Thursday in sweats for a brief period of time before leaving the team’s indoor practice field.
Yanda, who was picked for his second straight Pro Bowl, is dealing with a sprained right ankle.
Four players who were limited Wednesday were limited again Thursday. They were wide receivers Anquan Boldin (bruised shoulder) and Tandon Doss (ankle), outside linebacker Albert McClellan (hamstring/shoulder) and defensive tackle Arthur Jones (thigh) were there. McClellan and Doss were deactivated prior to the team’s 33-14 victory over the New York Giants last Sunday.
Nine players fully participated for the second consecutive day. They were inside linebackers Ray Lewis (torn right triceps) and Dannell Ellerbe (sprained right ankle), safeties Ed Reed (shoulder) and Bernard Pollard (bruised ribs), outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (torn right biceps), wide receiver Jacoby Jones (ankle), tight end Dennis Pitta (knee), defensive end Pernell McPhee (hamstring) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (sports hernia).Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun