UPDATED: Despite optimism, Bernard Pollard absent from Wednesday's practice

Earlier Wednesday, Bernard Pollard vowed to be healthy enough to play in the Ravens’ upcoming contest against the New England Patriots at M&T; Bank Stadium Sunday night, but the starting strong safety did not practice on Wednesday.

Pollard, who bruised his ribs on the final play of the first quarter of Sunday’s 24-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, could be the beneficiary of an extra day off to accelerate the healing process.

In addition to Pollard, a trio of starters in cornerback Lardarius Webb, inside linebacker Jameel McClain and defensive end Pernell McPhee did not take part in Wednesday’s session. Webb and McClain are listed as dealing with knee injuries, and McPhee has been bothered all season by a surgically-repaired knee. Offensive tackle Jah Reid (strained right calf) also did not practice.

A pair of starters in left tackle Michael Oher (ankle) and outside linebacker Paul Kruger (back) were limited. Quarterback Joe Flacco, who injured his ribs in Sunday's 24-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, was not listed on the team's injury report.

For the Patriots, tight end Aaron Hernandez did not practice. Hernandez, who injured his right ankle on the third offensive snap of Sunday’s 20-18 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, is expected to miss at least four weeks.

Nine players were limited, including a trio of starters in wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (thigh), right tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back) and right guard Dan Connolly (concussion). Starting safety Patrick Chung participated fully despite a shoulder injury.

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