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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Ravens without top three tacklers

By Jamison Hensley

BALTIMORE -- The Ravens defense is going to be short-handed when it faces the Broncos and Peyton Manning on Sunday.

The Ravens' top three tacklers -- safety Bernard Pollard and inside linebackers Jameel McClain and Dannell Ellerbe -- are all inactive. Brendon Ayanbadejo, a top special-teams player, and Josh Bynes, an undrafted player, will start at inside linebacker for the Ravens. James Ihedigbo, a former Patriots safety, will replace Pollard.

Baltimore's top lineman, Marshal Yanda, is also inactive. Bobbie Williams will start at right guard for the Ravens.

Here are the inactives:

RAVENS: S Bernard Pollard, LB Jameel McClain, LB Dannell Ellerbe, OL Ramon Harewood, G Marshal Yanda, WR Deonte Thompson and TE Ed Dickson.

BRONCOS: QB Caleb Hanie, WR Andre Caldwell, CB Tracy Porter, RB Lance Ball, G Chris Kuper, TE Julius Thomas, NT Sealver Siliga.