Whether or not his ribs are 100, Ravens safety Bernard Pollard re-affirms his intention to play vs. the New England Patriots on Sunday.
"I'm going," said Pollard, who was injured late in the first quarter vs. the Philadelphia Eagles last weekend and didn't return, on Thursday. "If I'm going to stand before you and say something I'm going to be a man of my word.
"I don't care about the discomfort. I don't care about anything else. Once my mind is made up, it's good. Who doesn't hurt? After one year of football, you're never, ever going to be 100."
Pollard, who didn't practice Wednesday, attributed the injury to not wearing rib protection. He was hit with the crown of teammate Courtney Upshaw's helmet on a sack of Michael Vick and even had trouble breathing.
There a rivalry between the Ravens and Patriots, who faced off for the AFC championship last year. Tom Brady led New England to a 23-20 victory.
The hard-hitting Pollard made a major impact in that title game, intentionally tipping a pass to a teammate that resulted in an interception of Brady in the fourth quarter. He also had an end-zone interception of Vick and a highlight-reel hit on tight end Brent Celek of the Eagles before going out last week.
More dubiously, Pollard put the hit on Brady that caused a left knee ligament tear and ended his season in 2008. The "Bonecrusher" isn't well-liked in New England, though Brady contends he holds no personal animosity.
"He's a smart player. He knows and understands that," Pollard said, sporting a huge smile. "Their fans got to understand, somebody gets hurt all the time. I understand it was the 'Pretty Boy' but injuries happen."