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Ravens DE Yannick Ngakoue returns, but four starters miss practice as game vs. Titans nears

Ravens defensive end Yannick Ngakoue returned to practice Wednesday, raising hopes that he could be ready for Sunday’s wild-card-round game against the Tennessee Titans.

Ngakoue suffered a thigh injury in a Week 16 victory over the New York Giants and did not practice ahead of the Ravens’ regular-season finale. He was inactive for the blowout win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Ngakoue was limited at practice Wednesday, as were center Patrick Mekari (back), another Week 17 inactive, and cornerback Jimmy Smith (ribs/shoulder), who returned to practice last week but was held out for the third straight game.

Four Ravens, all starters, missed Wednesday’s session: defensive end Calais Campbell (noninjury related), cornerback Marlon Humphrey (shoulder), wide receiver Willie Snead IV (ankle) and right tackle D.J. Fluker (knee).

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Humphrey also missed the Ravens’ first practice last week before ramping up his participation and playing Sunday. Snead has yet to practice since suffering a Week 16 ankle injury. Fluker, who has split time with rookie Tyre Phillips, was limited Friday with a knee injury and played less than 50% of the offensive snaps against Cincinnati.

Punter Sam Koch (reserve/COVID-19 list) did not return to practice Wednesday, but coach John Harbaugh said Monday that he expects him to be available for the postseason.

In Tennessee, starting offensive linemen Rodger Saffold (ankle) and Dennis Kelly (knee) missed practice with injuries. Starting wide receiver A.J. Brown (knee/hand), starting center Ben Jones (hamstring), starting cornerback Adoree Jackson (knee), running back Darrynton Evans (shoulder), tight end Geoff Swaim (wrist) and linebacker Daren Bates (hip) were limited.

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