Carroll County Times

Ravens Notebook: Three Pro Bowlers listed as questionable

OWINGS MILLS - Seven Ravens are listed as questionable for Sunday's regular season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals, including Pro Bowlers Haloti Ngata, Marshal Yanda and Vonta Leach.

Ngata (knee) and Yanda (shoulder/knee/ankle) missed practice for a third consecutive day Friday. Leach (ankle) practiced on a limited basis Friday after missing practice Thursday.

Baltimore is expected to rest some of its injured players Sunday in an effort to be as healthy as possible for the playoffs.

"We have a number of guys who are banged up a little bit, and some of those guys will play and some of those guys won't," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We will go in there to win the game."

Middle linebacker Ray Lewis (triceps surgery) was one of nine Ravens listed as probable, but Harbaugh said earlier in the week that Lewis won't play against the Bengals and that Lewis's availability for the playoff is still yet to be determined.

Lewis hasn't played since suffering a complete tear of his right triceps in mid-October.

'THE SYSTEM IS NOT PERFECT': Ravens safety Ed Reed was levied a $55,000 fine for his hit on New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz during Baltimore's win against the Giants last weekend.

Reed delivered a shoulder to Cruz's upper body immediately following an 11-yard catch along the sideline with Reed's helmet making contact with Cruz's during the course of the hit. Reed was flagged for a hit to the head and neck area of a defenseless receiver - despite the contact to the helmet appearing to be unintentional - and he was issued the $55,000 fine Thursday.

"I think, obviously, the system is not perfect," Harbaugh said of the NFL's disciplinary system for hits to the head and neck of "defenseless receivers". "Although the motivation is correct and the idea is right, it's still a work in progress.

"Like I've said before, our guys are doing everything they can. I'm really proud of our guys [with] the way that they've responded to try to play within the rules and respect player safety. Sometimes it's easier said than done, but they are doing their best."

The penalty against the Giants was Reed's fourth violation of the NFL's policy on hits to the head and neck area of a defenseless receiver in the last three years, including his third this season.

Reed was imposed a one-game suspension last month for a hit to the head of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, although the suspension was later lifted and reduced to a $50,000 fine.

Reed was fined $21,000 for a blow to the head of New England Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch in Week 3.

RICE, A. JONES HONORED: Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice was voted the Ravens' team MVP by local media that regularly covers the team. Defensive lineman Arthur Jones won the Good Guy award for his cooperation with the media throughout the course of the year.

Rice ranks second in the AFC in yards from scrimmage per game (107.7) and has scored 10 touchdowns - nine rushing, one receiving.

Rice has been named team MVP by the local media three of the last four years.

"For you all to vote me MVP, it's a special honor," Rice said. "You have a job, and obviously my job is to go out there and perform, but for you to recognize me as the MVP of the team ... really is a special honor."

Jones, a third-year defensive lineman, was awarded for being consistently cordial, approachable and helpful to the media throughout the course of the season.

Safety Bernard Pollard won the Good Guy award last season.

"Thanks a lot, guys, I appreciate it," Jones said. "I appreciate you guys doing a good job, such a great job on showing the brighter side of me off the field and on the field. I just appreciate all that you guys do for us," Jones said. "I know that sometimes guys can give you hard times - not do an interview. I just see myself as a reflection of my parents and [try to] treat everyone with respect."

Jones has played in all 15 games this season, recording 42 tackles and 4.5 sacks.