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Ravens Notebook: Yanda, Ellerbe both appear on track to playing against Giants

OWINGS MILLS - Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda and starting inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe both voiced optimism regarding their availability for this weekend's game against the New York Giants.

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

Yanda said Wednesday that he was close to playing against the Broncos but that his injured ankle was "just too close to getting re-injured."

Yanda is out of the walking boot that he was sporting as recently as last Friday.

"Every day that you get [off] it, seems like it's getting a little better," Yanda said. "I went out there and did the [walkthrough] and it felt all right, so we'll see."

Ellerbe has missed each of the last three games after suffering an ankle injury during Baltimore's win against the San Diego Chargers in Week 12, but said he's "hopeful" he'll be able to return against the Giants.

Asked if he could put a percent on the likelihood he plays Sunday, Ellerbe said: "In the high range. I'd say 80, 90."

Ellerbe tested his ankle during pregame warm-ups this past Sunday, but was clearly still limited by the injury.

"I didn't feel close," Ellerbe said. "If I felt close, I would have [played]. I wasn't close at all. ... It just wasn't ready."

Ellerbe is second on the team in tackles (81) and tied for second in sacks (4.5). He replaced Ray Lewis in the starting lineup after Lewis was injured in Week 6 and had a team-high 45 tackles in the next four games prior to getting hurt against the Chargers.

POLLARD BEING CAUTIOUS: Safety Bernard Pollard missed practice Wednesday as he continues to work back from the chest injury that sidelined against Denver this past weekend.

Pollard had played through the injury since Week 2, but aggravated it against the Redskins and missed the game against the Broncos.

"I feel good," Pollard said, "but it comes down to the point of can I go out there and help my team. ... We'll see."

Asked if there's a chance for him to return this weekend, Pollard said: "Smitty [head athletic trainer Mark Smith] and I are going to talk. I've got to talk to a couple of my doctors, and we're going to do everything we can to be ready to go."

Pollard leads the Ravens in tackles (98).

INJURY REPORT: Pollard, Yanda and wide receiver Torrey Smith (concussion) were among six Ravens to miss practice Wednesday.

Running back Bernard Pierce (concussion) and wide receiver Tandon Doss (ankle) were also non-participants Wednesday. So was linebacker Jameel McClain, who will miss the rest of the season with a spinal cord contusion but is yet to be placed on injured reserve.

Ellerbe and tight end Ed Dickson (knee) both worked on a limited basis. Like Ellerbe, Dickson was hurt against the Chargers and has missed each of the last three games.