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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Ravens guard Marshal Yanda's injured shoulder held up through Sunday's game





By Edward Lee
November 22, 2016

The last time Ravens guard Marshal Yanda had played prior to Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, he re-aggravated a left shoulder injury that forced him to sit out his third of four games.

But Yanda avoided another setback after playing all 55 snaps on offense in an eventual 27-17 loss at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. 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 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 Bowler 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 at M&T Bank Stadium.

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

Harbaugh did not have much information on either player’s status for Sunday. “We’ll see,” he said. “I don’t really know. It’s up to the doctors.”

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