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Marshal Yanda as Tough as They Come

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(Credits: The Baltimore Sun/Karl Merton Ferron)

Baltimore Ravens right guard Marshal Yanda played through a painful rib contusion that limited his ability to breathe in the team’s regular-season finale at Cincinnati.

On Wednesday, Yanda revealed to reporters that he had calf surgery the same night he was injured against Cleveland, on Christmas Eve. A week later, the 2011 Pro Bowl selection started and played in the Ravens’ 24-16 victory against the Bengals.

“I got leg-whipped in my calf area,” Yanda said, via BaltimoreRavens.com. “They had to do emergency surgery that night and slit the muscle open to release the pressure. I was dealing with that, too.

Yanda was commended by his coaches and teammates after playing in Cincinnati, where he helped lead the way for running back Ray Rice, who rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns and helped the Ravens claim their first AFC North division title since 2006.

“There’s not a tougher player I’ve been around in 27 years of coaching,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said.

“For Marshal to come back and play when we thought he was going to miss two weeks showed toughness,” quarterback Joe Flacco added. “It really makes you look at those guys in a whole different light and say, ‘Wow.’”

Yanda has recovered from the injury and will be ready for the Sunday’s divisional-round contest with the Houston Texans.