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Ravens Notebook: Yanda's sprained ankle 'somewhat serious'

OWINGS MILLS - Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Monday that the sprained ankle suffered by Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda during Sunday's loss to the Redskins appears to be "somewhat serious," although he noted the team is still awaiting results of an MRI.

Yanda was injured on Baltimore's second play of overtime when Redskins defensive lineman Barry Cofield fell onto Yanda's right ankle as he was blocked to the ground by Ravens center Matt Birk.

Yanda stayed on the ground for several minutes in noticeable pain before being helped to the sideline. He was eventually carted to the locker room from the sideline.

Yanda declined to speak to reporters after the game.

He was replaced in the lineup by Bobbie Williams.

OTHER INJURIES: Middle linebacker Jameel McClain suffered what looked to be a potentially serious neck injury during the third quarter of Sunday's loss, but Harbaugh said after the game that X-rays on McClain's neck were negative and reiterated Monday that McClain "is going to be OK."

"He's got to get some testing done, but he should be OK. That's standard procedure," Harbaugh said.

Running backs Ray Rice (hip contusion) and Bernard Pierce (lower back strain) also suffered injuries Sunday, as did defensive linemen Arthur Jones (shoulder bruise) and Pernell McPhee (groin), but all four ailments are considered minor.

Fullback Vonta Leach sustained a sprained ankle that Harbaugh said will be monitored throughout the week.

'GOOD CHANCE' SUGGS PLAYS: Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (torn biceps) was sidelined Sunday, but Harbaugh said Monday there's a "good chance" Suggs will be available when the Ravens host to the Broncos this weekend.

Suggs practiced on a limited basis Thursday and Friday of last week and Harbaugh said Suggs was close to playing against the Redskins but that weather conditions factored into the decision for Suggs not to play.

On the likelihood Suggs plays against Denver, Harbaugh said: "I think there's a good chance."

"What's the percentage? I'm not sure," Harbaugh said, "but he has a good chance."

DICKSON, J. SMITH IMPROVING: Tight end Ed Dickson (knee) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (sports hernia surgery) both appear to be on track to returning against the Broncos as well.

Dickson has missed the last two games after suffering a sprained knee during Baltimore's win against the Chargers in Week 12.

"Ed Dickson looks better," Harbaugh said. "He ran a little bit [Monday]. He'll have a chance to go on Sunday. We'll see."

Smith has missed each of the last five games. He underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia Nov. 15.

Smith practiced on a limited basis last week.

"Jimmy Smith, the same thing [as Dickson]," Harbaugh said. "We'll take a look on Sunday and see how he looks in the week leading up to Sunday."

Middle linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (ankle) looks to be on track to return Sunday as well, although Harbaugh wasn't asked about Ellerbe's status Monday.

Ellerbe has been sidelined each of the last two games.

TIME CHANGE: The Ravens' Week 16 game against the Giants has been changed from a 1 p.m. start to 4:25 p.m.

New York (8-5) is in first place in the NFC East.

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