Yanda, McClain exit Sunday’s loss with injuries

December 09, 2012 | Luke Jones

LANDOVER, Md. — The Ravens added injury to the insult of a disappointing 31-28 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins with the loss of two more starters on Sunday.

Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda exited in the fourth quarter with a right ankle injury and didn’t return while starting inside linebacker Jameel McClain left Sunday’s game in the third quarter with a neck injury and was sidelined for the remainder of the afternoon. Coach John Harbaugh confirmed X-rays were negative on McClain’s neck.

“That’s good news,” Harbaugh said of the preliminary results.

The immediate status of Yanda remains a mystery as there was much concern over his injured ankle following the game. The sixth-year lineman was helped to the sideline as he put no weight on his right leg before being carted to the locker room. Following the loss, Yanda left the Ravens locker room using crutches but was able to put some weight on the ankle as he moved to the team bus.

Veteran Bobbie Williams filled in at right guard in Yanda’s absence while McClain was replaced by former practice squad member Josh Bynes in the second half. The Ravens were already without starting inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who missed his second straight game with an ankle injury.

The Ravens also reported minor injuries to running back Ray Rice and fullback Vonta Leach. Rice suffered a hip pointer and Leach sustained an ankle injury, but neither is considered to be serious considering both players finished the game.

Rice ran for 120 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries and did not appear to be favoring the injury in the locker room.

Five-time Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs didn’t play in Sunday’s game as his status remains uncertain moving forward after he suffered a torn right biceps in last week’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

On the plus side, the Ravens hope to see the returns of inside linebacker Ray Lewis and cornerback Jimmy Smith this week as they turn their attention to the red-hot Denver Broncos for Week 15.