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Ravens notebook: Yanda, Smith back at practice

OWINGS MILLS - Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda and starting wide receiver Torrey Smith both practiced on a limited basis Thursday after missing practice Wednesday.

Yanda suffered a badly sprained right ankle during the Ravens' loss to the Washington Redskins in Week 14 and was sidelined for the team's loss to the Denver Broncos this past weekend.

Thursday marked the first time Yanda had practiced since sustaining the injury.

"I did OK," Yanda said.

Without Yanda in the lineup, running back Ray Rice accumulated just 38 yards on 12 carries against the Broncos after rushing for a total of 296 yards in the previous three games while averaging more than five yards per carry.

Smith sustained a concussion during the loss to Denver, hitting his head as he fell to the ground while attempting to make a catch during the third quarter.

LEACH 'READY TO GO': Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach missed practice Thursday but said he expects to play against the New York Giants Sunday.

Leach is still nursing a right ankle injury he sustained against the Redskins, although he was able to play against the Broncos this past weekend.

"I'll be ready to go Sunday. It's not a question," Leach said.

PRO BOWL VOTING: Leach was one of six Ravens to finish atop their respective position in fan voting for the Pro Bowl.

Fan voting accounts for one-third of the Pro Bowl voting process. Coaches and players count for the rest of the votes.

Pro Bowl teams will be announced next Wednesday.

Baltimore's six leaders in fan voting were Leach, kick returner Jacoby Jones, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, offensive tackle Michael Oher, strong safety Bernard Pollard and free safety Ed Reed.

The bruising 6-foot, 260-pound Leach is regarded as arguably the league's top fullback. He's helped pave the way for running back Ray Rice to post his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season.

Jones is averaging an NFL-best 32.5 yards per kick return. He's returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and also had a 63-yard punt return for a score during the Ravens' 13-10 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11.

Ngata has 47 tackles and four sacks despite being limited by shoulder and knee injuries for much of the season.

Oher has struggled at times in pass protection but has started all 14 games at left tackle.

Pollard has played through a painful rib injury since Week 2 and leads the Ravens in tackles (98).

Reed is one of just two Ravens defenders to start all 14 games for the team's injury-riddled defense. He has 55 tackles and his four interceptions are tied for a team-high. He also has 12 pass deflections, the second-most on the team, and a team-high three fumble recoveries.

INJURY REPORT: Pollard (ribs/chest), running back Bernard Pierce (concussion) and wide receiver Tandon Doss (ankle) each missed practice for a second consecutive day Thursday and all appear to be in doubt for Sunday's game against the Giants.

Four Giants missed a second straight day of practice - center David Baas (hip/shoulder), running back Ahmad Bradshaw (knee/foot), center Chris Snee (hip) and defensive end Justin Tuck (shoulder).

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