Playoff-bound Ravens must get healthy and improve

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 17, 2012
The Baltimore Ravens are playoff bound, and that's about the best thing that can be said about a team that's lost three in a row and has more than a half-dozen key players sidelined with injuries. Baltimore (9-5) backed into the postseason late Sunday when Pittsburgh lost to Dallas. That assured the Ravens of at least wild-card berth, although their excitement over the accomplishment has been minimized by their current plight. Coach John Harbaugh says the Ravens must ''get healthy, get better.'' Linebacker Ray Lewis remains sidelined with a torn triceps, and backup Jameel McClain is out for the year with a spinal cord contusion. Receiver Torrey Smith and running back Bernard Pierce received concussions in Sunday's 34-17 loss to Denver. The Ravens host the New York Giants on Sunday.
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