Yanda ‘100 per­cent’ af­ter loss to Dal­las

Vet­eran is OK de­spite shoul­der in­jury; Lewis apol­o­gizes to Flacco

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS - By Ed­ward Lee ed­ward.lee@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/Ed­wardLeeSun

The last time Ravens guard Mar­shal Yanda played be­fore Sun­day’s game against the Dal­las Cow­boys, he ag­gra­vated a left shoul­der in­jury that forced him to sit out for the third time in their pre­vi­ous four games.

But Yanda avoided another set­back af­ter play­ing all 55 snaps on of­fense in a 27-17 loss at AT&T Sta­dium. Coach John Har­baugh said Yanda felt good enough to work out at the team’s train­ing fa­cil­ity in Owings Mills on Mon­day.

“He got out of it well,” Har­baugh said dur­ing his weekly news con­fer­ence Mon­day. “I talked to him this morn­ing, and he felt re­ally good and felt strong. He got a lift in this morn­ing. So that was a good sign. He got out of it 100 per­cent.”

A five-time Pro Bowl se­lec­tion at right guard, Yanda ap­proached the coach­ing staff about start­ing at left guard, where the team has lost rookie Alex Lewis to a high-an­kle sprain for at least another four weeks. Har­baugh said Yanda looked like a nat­u­ral on the left side, be­tween rookie left tackle Ron­nie Stan­ley and cen­ter Jeremy Zut­tah, while Vladimir Du­casse made his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive start at right guard.

“He kind of looked like he’s played it all along,” Har­baugh said. “He didn’t have any prob­lems in there. Yeah, it was a good move for us.”

While Yanda so­lid­i­fied the of­fen­sive line, there isn’t much clar­ity re­gard­ing the avail­abil­ity of cor­ner­back Jimmy Smith and out­side line­backer Elvis Dumervil for Sun­day’s piv­otal AFC North show­down with the vis­it­ing Cincinnati Ben­gals.

Smith missed his first game of the sea­son be­cause of a back ail­ment that flared up last week. Dumervil still is deal­ing with a foot in­jury re­lated to surgery he un­der­went in the off­sea­son.

Har­baugh did not have much in­for­ma­tion on ei­ther player’s sta­tus. “We’ll see,” he said. “I don’t re­ally know. It’s up to the doc­tors.” Lewis apol­o­gizes to Flacco: Four days af­ter ques­tion­ing Joe Flacco’s pas­sion for foot­ball, for­mer Ravens mid­dle line­backer Ray Lewis posted a video on Twit­ter in which he apol­o­gized to the Ravens quar­ter­back with whom he played for five years.

Lewis, wear­ing a shirt and tie and seem­ingly sit­ting in the back­seat of a car in the video, spoke for 2 min­utes, 20 sec­onds.

“I’ve got to say this man to man, from my heart,” he be­gan. “Let me tell you some­thing, man. I’m a Raven for life, but Joe Flacco, what I was talk­ing about, my brother, it wasn’t even about you. It wasn’t even per­sonal. It was just me be­ing frus­trated about watch­ing some­thing that I had con­trol over for so many years, which was men and in­spir­ing them to go on and do things. And guess what? Like ev­ery­body else, I lashed out at the quar­ter­back be­cause, quote-un­quote, that’s the per­son who’s sup­posed to carry us or do what­ever.

“Brother, your per­son­al­ity is what it is. You’re a man, and you put on your pants one leg at a time just like ev­ery­body else. Lis­ten, from a man, you’ll never hear it again. I’m sorry for ever even call­ing out your name and putting your name into con­text of mak­ing you try to be any­thing that I am or Ray Lewis Steve Smith Sr. catches a pass for a fourth-quar­ter touch­down. Smith had eight catches Sun­day, in­clud­ing the 1,000th of his ca­reer. any­thing that you’re not.”

Lewis sparked the con­tro­versy Thurs­day when he said on Fox Sports 1 that he never had seen Flacco play with pas­sion. The next day, Flacco de­fended his calm per­son­al­ity. Encore for Smith? Steve Smith Sr. has vowed that this sea­son will be the last of his 16-year ca­reer as a wide re­ceiver. But fel­low wide­out Mike Wal­lace said he would love to con­tinue play­ing with Smith.

“Six­teen years is a long time, but if any­body can keep play­ing, it’s him,” Wal­lace said Sun­day. “It’s just an honor to be on the team with him. Ev­ery day, to see the way he works and see how we car­ries him­self, I just love it. I wish I would have had more time with him.”

The old­est re­ceiver in the league, Smith, 37, ranks sec­ond on the team in yards (516) and touch­down catches (three) and third in re­cep­tions (44). In Sun­day’s loss, he paced the of­fense with eight catches for 99 yards and one score, and reached the 1,000re­cep­tion mark for his ca­reer.

Har­baugh ac­knowl­edged that try­ing to per­suade Smith to re­turn “has crossed my mind.”

“If he wants to come back, he’s wel­come. Ab­so­lutely,” Har­baugh said. “You’d like ev­ery good foot­ball player you can get. But I don’t want to speak for Steve. He’s had an un­be­liev­ably awe­some ca­reer. He got his 1,000th catch, so he should be com­mended for that. Congratulations to Steve on that ac­com­plish­ment. We look for many more this year.” Boyle el­i­gi­ble to re­turn: Af­ter serv­ing a 10-game sus­pen­sion for vi­o­lat­ing the NFL’s pol­icy on per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs for the sec­ond time, tight end Nick Boyle is el­i­gi­ble to re­turn to the Ravens this week.

Boyle, a fifth-round se­lec­tion in the 2015 NFL draft who caught six passes for 46 yards in the pre­sea­son, would pro­vide much-needed depth to a group that lost Ben­jamin Wat­son (torn right Achilles ten­don) and Maxx Wil­liams (knee car­ti­lage) for the sea­son, bade farewell to prac­tice squad player Daniel Brown when Ravens line­backer Zachary Orr, who grew up and played high school and col­lege foot­ball in the Dal­las area, sacks Cow­boys quar­ter­back Dak Prescott in the first half. he was signed by the Chicago Bears, and has played the past three games with­out Crock­ett Gill­more (pulled ham­string). Den­nis Pitta and Dar­ren Waller are the team’s only healthy tight ends.

Har­baugh said the team has some time be­fore de­cid­ing whether to place Boyle on the ac­tive ros­ter. “I think we have a week to make the de­ci­sion, so it’s not for this game where we have to make a de­ci­sion,” he said, re­fer­ring to Sun­day’s game against Cincinnati. “It could be af­ter this game. That’s my un­der­stand­ing. ... But he’ll be back prac­tic­ing this week. We’ll see how he looks. He hasn’t been here for 10 weeks, so it’s been quite a while.” End zone: In­side line­backer Zachary Orr led the de­fense in tack­les with 11 in his re­turn to the Dal­las area, where he played at DeSoto High and North Texas. “Just to come back home where I grew up and a lot of my fam­ily and friends from high school and col­lege watch me live and in per­son — and even peo­ple who weren’t at the game who live down here — [and] lo­cal on TV is just great,” said Orr, who went un­drafted in 2014. “I got a lot of text mes­sages and good-luck wishes. It is some­thing I def­i­nitely en­joyed.” … The Den­ver Bron­cos signed for­mer Ravens wide re­ceiver Mar­lon Brown to their ac­tive ros­ter. Brown, who joined the Ravens in 2013 as an un­drafted rookie, started 12 games that year and caught 49 passes for 524 yards and seven touch­downs.

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