By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
11:46 AM PST, November 21, 2012
Ravens starting left defensive end Pernell McPhee returned to practice on a limited basis after being sidelined last Friday and ruled out for the third game in a row against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Meanwhile, tight end Dennis Pitta, who got knocked out of the game with concussion symptoms that have since subsided, was back at practice today. He was limited.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh has said that Pitta should be fine after not finishing the last game.
Nose guard Terrence Cody, who's dealing with swelling in his left elbow and was deactivated against Pittsburgh, was at practice as well and was limited.
Cody said his elbow has improved significantly and he'll be able to play Sunday night against the San Diego Chargers.
"We spent the whole week trying to get the swelling out of it, I couldn't bend it or straighten it," Cody said. "They said I sprained the elbow. There wasn't no damage to the ligaments, no fracture. It was just a soft-tissue injury. It's in the joint. There was a lot of fluid they drained. I'm icing it constantly trying to get the swelling out."
Cornerback Jimmy Smith (sports hernia surgery) has been ruled out for Sunday.
Not practicing for the Ravens: cornerback Chris Johnson (hamstring) and return specialist Jacoby Jones (ankle).
Limited for Baltimore: tight end Ed Dickson (strained neck), linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (toe, finger), safety James Ihedigbo (neck), safety Bernard Pollard (ribs), safety Ed Reed (shoulder stinger) and linebacker Terrell Suggs (shoulder, Achilles).
The following players participated fully: special-teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo (shoulder), outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw (shoulder) and offensive guard Marshal Yanda (ankle, knee).
For the Chargers, not practicing: linebacker Larry English (calf), defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin (knee), former Ravens offensive tackle Jared Gaither (groin), offensive guard Tyronne Green (hamstring), tight end Dante Rosario (hamstring) and wide receiver Eddie Royal (hamstring).
Safety Atari Bigby (shoulder) was limited.
Punter Mike Scifres (right ankle) and guard Louis Vasquez (ankle) participated fully.