Ravens keep an eye on key players facing injuries

The Ravens held out five starters from practice Wednesday, including two offensive linemen and Pro Bowl defensive players Haloti Ngata and Ed Reed.

Right guard Marshal Yanda (knee) and left guard Bobbie Williams (ankle) and defensive end Pernell McPhee (thigh) were also sidelined.


At this point, none of the five has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders and Yanda, who had a magnetic resonance imaging test performed Monday that showed no structural damage, left little doubt that he'll play.

"It's fine," said Yanda, who was replaced by second-year guard/tackle Jah Reid for five plays in the Ravens' 25-15 victory over the Cleveland Browns last Sunday. "I'll be good to go. I just got rolled up a little bit."


Reid or Ramon Harewood, who says the migraine headaches that he's struggled with have mostly subsided, could still be called on if Williams can't go.

"It's minor, that's exactly what it is," said Williams, who was limping noticeably after spraining his left ankle against the Browns. "I'm treating it, getting it right. It will be good."

Ngata, who has been on the injury report for several weeks as he deals with shoulder and ankle issues, barely practiced at all last week. He played in the game, but was held without a tackle for the first time this season. McPhee, meanwhile, was inactive against the Browns and says he feels better.

"I feel great about that but it all boils down to what coach has to say," McPhee said. "I feel better physically and with my playbook. I ain't going to miss a beat when I come back."

Reed (shoulder/knee) is a new addition to the injury report. Wide receivers Jacoby Jones (toe) and David Reed (knee), left tackle Michael Oher (ankle), linebacker Josh Bynes (thigh) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (groin) were limited participants Wednesday.

Ayanbadejo happy same-sex marriage passed

As an advocate for same-sex marriage, Ravens special teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo is overjoyed that the state of Maryland has now made it legal. Starting in January, Maryland courts can begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

"I'm so stoked," Ayanbadejo said. "It's like I woke up and it was Christmas."

Growing up in California, Ayanbadejo, who's not gay, said he quickly learned to embrace diversity. However, he acknowledged that his stance on the issue was unpopular in the Ravens' locker room.

"There are some guys that are really upset with marriage equality, in the locker room," Ayanbadejo said. "It's something I've been passionate about for a long time. Even though it doesn't affect me directly, it affects a lot of my friends. It affects my family. It affects Ravens fans. It affects Marylanders. I've worked hard on it, very diligently. I've been torn down at times, but lifted up many more than the ones that tore me down. I'm very proud of the Marylanders who went out there and voted and made the difference."

Suggs awaits home debut

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs has waited a long time to run out of the tunnel amid cheers upon his name being announced at M&T Bank Stadium. He's more than content to wait another couple of weeks.


Suggs said that he wouldn't lobby Ravens coach John Harbaugh to have the starting defense announced before Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders. For Suggs, it will be his first home game since his surprisingly early return from a torn right Achilles.

"I'm going to let it stay as it lies because there's a certain home game coming up that we might want the defense to get called out for," he said, referring to the team's Dec. 2 meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers. "But that's pretty much Coach's call. It's all in fun. We have enough marquee offensive guys that the crowd can still get into it, especially with Mighty Mouse [running back Ray Rice]. When I first got here, it certainly wasn't as loud when the offense got introduced compared to the defense. Now it's just as loud. It's pretty awesome, and it's going to be fun whichever team gets introduced."

Suggs said that it's going to be "weird" playing again at M&T Bank Stadium "but it's where I belong. Rehabbing and being in the training room is not where I belong. It's not the place for me."

End zone

Wide receiver/kick returner David Reed, who returned to practice Monday but remains on the physically-unable-to-perform list, acknowledged that he'll be limited for a while but said that it's a "blessing" to be back at practice. Reed has three weeks to either be added to the active roster, placed on injured reserve or let go ... The Ravens signed former New England Patriots tight end Alex Silvestro to the practice squad and cut quarterback Dennis Dixon. Silvestro (6-foot-3, 267-pounds), who worked out for the team earlier this week, can also play defensive end, but indicated he will play tight end for Baltimore … Raiders coach Dennis Allen said that he's going to let the week play out before announcing the status of running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson, who are both dealing with high ankle sprains. Neither practiced Wednesday for the Raiders, nor did defensive tackle Richard Seymour (knee/hamstring) and cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot). … With the exception of the special teams, the Ravens practiced inside Wednesday due to the cold temperature.

Baltimore Sun reporter Edward Lee contributed to this article.

Domestic violence case against McClellan dropped

A domestic violence charge against Ravens outside linebacker Albert McClellan has been dropped, according to his agent.

McClellan was arrested on June 30 in his hometown of Lakeland, Fla., and faced a first-degree misdemeanor battery case and a second-degree misdemeanor charge of simple assault with threat or intent to do violence, but the charges have been dropped, McClellan's agent, Glen Lansky, told The Baltimore Sun on Wednesday.

Polk County (Fla.) records confirmed that the state of Florida declined to pursue the charges following an investigation.

"We are very pleased to announce that all charges against Albert McClellan have been nolle-prossed by the state of Florida, and there will be no further action," Lansky said. "Albert is very excited to have all this behind him and that the judicial system ran its course. He can now continue to focus on football."

The alleged victim, a former girlfriend of McClellan's, had filed a waiver not to prosecute, according to McClellan's criminal defense attorney, David Kaylor of Lakeland, Fla. The Ravens were made aware of the case after being informed over the summer by McClellan and his representative.

McClellan told police that the argument stemmed from the woman's alleging that he had been talking to a former girlfriend on his cell phone. According to the police report, McClellan "unlawfully pushed the victim against her will and threw a lamp at her causing her to be in fear for her physical safety."

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