Pollard takes losing personal

Pollard takes losing personal
November 4, 2012, 2:45 pm
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Bernard Pollard has been silent since the 30-point loss to the Houston Texans before the bye week.

The Ravens safety, who has had injured ribs since Week 2, avoided questions regarding whether or not they're still bothering him. Coach John Harbaugh began listing him on the injury report last week leading into Sunday's game at the Cleveland Browns.

Pollard, usually an affable and easy-going personality, wouldn't speak because he said he had nothing good to say about Baltimore's disappointing performance.

But his team is 5-2, and there's nothing like a victory to soothe bruised pride. The Ravens are noted for defense but are slipping quickly. They're ranked 28th overall and have given up an average of 207 rushing yards per game in their last three outings.

"We have to gang tackle. We just have to go put together 60 minutes of football," Pollard said. "We haven't done that yet."

Pollard was injured vs. the Philadelphia Eagles. He intercepted Michael Vick in the end zone and had gotten a sack. But he took helmet in the rib cage from teammate Courtney Upshaw and couldn't return in the first half as the Ravens lost a 10-point lead and fell 24-23.

The Ravens appear to be trending in the wrong direction going into the second half of the season. They're healthier but there are still key injuries to defensive end Pernell McPhee (thigh), who is out, and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder), among others.

"It's always frustration when we're not playing up to par," Pollard said. "For me, I take it personal. I really do.

"As a defense we were banged up. We're still banged up. We got a chance to a heal a little bit. Nobody cares because we're out there playing. … The fans are so tired of hearing us talk about what we're going to do, how we're going to change this, how we're going to change that, we just got to go play. It's repetitive. I'm tired of hearing it."