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Marshal Yanda returns to practice

The Ravens confirmed Thursday that starting right guard Marshal Yanda returned to practice. Yanda, a Pro Bowler last year, participated on a limited basis after sitting out Wednesday’s session because of an injured ankle.

Nose tackle Terrence Cody (arm) and rookie strong safety Christian Thompson (thigh) were downgraded to limited participation after not being listed on Wednesday’s injury report.

Five players who were limited Wednesday – wide receivers Torrey Smith (chest) and Jacoby Jones (ankle), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder), defensive end Pernell McPhee (thigh) and left guard Bobbie Williams (ankle) – were limited again Thursday.

Seven players fully participated for the second consecutive day. They are outside linebackers Terrell Suggs (right Achilles tendon) and rookie Courtney Upshaw (shoulder), free safeties Ed Reed (shoulder/leg/neck) and Sean Considine (knee/chest), running back Ray Rice (toe), strong safety Bernard Pollard (chest) and inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (finger).

The Pittsburgh Steelers, the Ravens opponent Sunday night, practiced without four starters in quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (dislocated rib/sprained right throwing shoulder), strong safety Troy Polamalu (strained right calf), wide receiver Antonio Brown (ankle) and right tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle).

Four starters were upgraded to full participation. Defensive end Brett Keisel (shoulder) and left tackle Max Starks (ankle) practiced after missing Wednesday’s session. And free safety Ryan Clark (concussion) and cornerback Ike Taylor (illness) moved from limited to full participation.

Running back Rashad Mendenhall (Achilles tendon) practiced fully for the second consecutive day.

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