Head coach John Harbaugh talks about the Ravens next opponent the Cleveland Browns. (Baltimore Sun video)
Despite missing two straight practices because of an injured right ankle, Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace said Thursday he would practice Friday and play in Sunday’s game at the Cleveland Browns.
Asked whether he will be 100 percent by Sunday, Wallace said, “I don’t think anybody’s 100 percent, but I’ll be about 99.9. I’ll be good, and I’ll be all right. I’m going to tape it up and go to work like [former Los Angeles Lakers great] Kobe [Bryant] at the end of the day. But no matter what it’s going to be, I’m going to be out there. Come Sunday when we run out of the tunnel, I’m going to be out there.”
Wallace – who leads the offense in receiving yards (559) and is tied for the lead in touchdown catches (three) – injured his ankle in the first quarter of Sunday night’s 39-38 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but continued to play and finished with three catches for a team-high 72 yards. Wallace admitted that the initial pain was intense.
“When I stepped, my ankle, I just turned my leg, and it hurt,” he said. “You can feel it during the game, but with the adrenaline, it’s fine. After the game, it was swollen and sore, but it was fine. Nothing that’s going to prevent me from playing in the game.”
Three players who were limited Wednesday — center Ryan Jensen (ankle), wide receiver Chris Moore (hip), and outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith (shoulder) — were upgraded to full participation on Thursday. Slot cornerback Maurice Canady (knee) was limited for the second straight day.
Rookie guard Jermaine Eluemunor (left shoulder) participated fully for the second consecutive day.
The Browns practiced without starting cornerback Jamar Taylor, who is dealing with a foot injury. Four other starters in right tackle Shon Coleman (shoulder and thumb), safety Jabrill Peppers (knee), defensive tackle Danny Shelton (chest and ribs), and center J.C. Tretter (knee) were limited.