Ravens confirm Ngata missed second straight practice

Two-time Pro Bowler's status unclear

November 03, 2011|By Edward Lee

The Ravens confirmed in Thursday’s injury report that defensive tackle Haloti Ngata did not practice for the second straight day. The two-time Pro Bowler sat out Wednesday’s session with what the team described as a thigh injury.

If Ngata does not practice Friday, his availability for Sunday night’s clash with the Pittsburgh Steelers would be in serious doubt. If Ngata – who has missed four starts in his six-year career – cannot play, Arthur Jones would appear to be in line to make his first career start.

Wide receiver Lee Evans (left ankle) and inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring) also did not practice for the second consecutive day.

Wide receiver/kick returner David Reed (knee) returned to practice on a limited basis after not participating in Wednesday’s session.

A pair of starters in left guard Ben Grubbs (strained ligaments in right toe) and center Matt Birk (neck) and cornerback Danny Gorrer (thigh) and rookie running back Anthony Allen (thigh) were limited for the second straight day. Rookie cornerback Chykie Brown (knee) was downgraded from full to limited participation.

For the Steelers, three of the team’s four starting linebackers in James Harrison (fractured orbital bone), LaMarr Woodley (strained left hamstring) and James Farrior (torn calf muscle) were limited for the second consecutive day. Starting wide receiver Hines Ward (ankle sprain) was limited for the second straight day.

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders did not practice for the second consecutive day because of what the team has described as a knee injury. But the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that Sanders is not in Pittsburgh due to the death of his mother and is unlikely to play Sunday night.

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