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Washington plans to play vs. Dolphins despite hyperextension

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January 01, 2009|By Edward Lee and Ken Murray | Edward Lee and Ken Murray,edward.lee@baltsun.com and ken.murray@baltsun.com

Despite dealing with a painful hyperextended toe, cornerback Fabian Washington said he intends to play in Sunday's AFC wild-card playoff game between the Ravens and the Miami Dolphins.

Washington said the toe has improved since he sat out Sunday's 27-7 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"It helped a lot," he said. "I did nothing last week other than rehabbing it and getting treatment. This week, it's still sore, but I'm definitely positive about it, and I think I could play Sunday."

Washington said he injured his big toe when he stepped on Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens' heel Dec. 20. Although he did not practice yesterday, Washington said he plans to test his toe today or tomorrow.

"I'm going to try and practice at some point this week because you can't just go in there," he said. "I don't like to go in without having any practice under my belt."

Rookie running back Ray Rice, who compared his left shin bruise to a high ankle sprain, said missing the past three games has aided the healing.

"It took its course, and now it's getting progressively better," said Rice, who was limited yesterday but said he is "90 percent sure" he will play Sunday. "I'm able to do some stuff in practice, and I warmed up before the last two games before the coaches made the call. If I do this stuff, I think I'll be fine."

Wide receiver-return specialist Yamon Figurs said the lingering effects of the concussion he suffered against Dallas have dissipated.

"I feel better," he said. "They've got me in the game plan. We'll see."

More injuries

In addition to Washington, free safety Ed Reed (hamstring) and cornerback Samari Rolle (ankle, foot) did not practice yesterday, meaning that three-fourths of the Ravens' starting secondary did not participate.

Wide receivers Derrick Mason (sore trapezius, dislocated left shoulder) and Mark Clayton (knee), linebacker Jarret Johnson (left calf) and defensive tackle Justin Bannan (foot) also did not practice. In addition to Rice, right guard Chris Chester (back), linebacker Antwan Barnes (strained left pectoral), safety Tom Zbikowski (thigh) and kicker Matt Stover (sprained right ankle) were limited.

Barnes said he intends to return to the field for the playoffs.

"I told them that I'm feeling pretty good," he said. "I'm here to finish the season out. Got some good news on the injury, so I'm just waiting to hear what the coaches say."

Pryce shocked

Ravens defensive end Trevor Pryce was shocked when news of the Denver Broncos' dismissal of coach Mike Shanahan spread Tuesday.

"I about fell out of my chair," Pryce said. "I was shocked, like everybody else. Mike Shanahan is Denver, let's not make any mistake about it. I don't know how to feel about it. Understand, Mike decided I should be the highest-paid player in football at one time. ... To Mike, winning comes first. Whatever is going to help his team win, wins come first."

Asked about where people should expect to see Shanahan next, Pryce predicted: "The Jets. Mike Shanahan will be in New York. He'll be fantastic."

Vote for Joe

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award, but at least one Ravens player thinks the award should be shared by Ryan and quarterback Joe Flacco.

"Joe should've been co-Rookie of the Year," said linebacker Terrell Suggs, who was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2003. "You can quote me on that."

End zone

Reed was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Month. According to statistics compiled by the NFL for December, Reed recorded 15 tackles, six interceptions, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble return for a touchdown. ... The Dolphins listed only tight end David Martin (head, neck) and defensive end Randy Starks (ankle), a former Maryland standout, as not having practiced.

Baltimore Sun reporter Jamison Hensley contributed to this article.

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