Bernard Pollard was a surprise addition to the Ravens’ injury report on Thursday, missing practice because of an illness. But despite Pollard’s absence, Tom Zbikowski said he doesn’t anticipate starting at strong safety in Sunday’s regular-season finale at the Cincinnati Bengals.
“No, I don’t think so,” he said. “I think it’s just late in the year with sicknesses and that kind of stuff. I’m not expecting him to miss anything. He’d have his shoulder popped out or bad thumbs, and he’d play. Missing today wouldn’t be anything.”
But without Pollard, Zbikowski confirmed that he took several reps with the first defense in practice. But he also said that Haruki Nakamura and Emanuel Cook also got some time.
“You’ve just got to be ready like we’ve always done,” Zbikowski said. “Just getting my reps, making sure that practice is smooth. Haruki comes in, Cook comes in, everyone is just getting our reps. Everyone is just getting better, everyone’s playing together. Interchangeable parts, the way it always is.”
Zbikowski hasn’t started since Oct. 2 when he sustained a concussion in a win against the New York Jets and subsequently lost the job to Pollard. Zbikowski conceded that returning to his starting role would be rewarding – with one caveat.
“It’d be fun to be on the defensive side again, but we’re in a much bigger hunt, a much bigger picture than just personal goals,” he said. “It’d be fun if we won. If we lose, then it’s not going to be any fun. … If I play, I play. If not, we’ll keep on rolling like we’ve been rolling.”