Vanden Bosch practices, ready to play

Updated: January 7, 2009, 4:52 PM ET
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Titans defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch participated in an entire practice Wednesday and declared himself ready to play against the Baltimore Ravens in Saturday's divisional-round playoff game at LP Field.

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"I'm ready, everything has gone according to plan," he said after his most intensive work since lower abdomen surgery on Dec. 16. "We had to be real aggressive with the rehab and all that, but it feels great. I couldn't imagine being more ready. The way I see it, I'm as close to 100 percent as I am going to be. I should be good to go and hopefully be effective in this game."

The two-time Pro Bowler originally suffered a groin injury in the Titans' regular-season win in Baltimore on Oct. 5 and missed six games and parts of a few others with the injury, initially a groin and then a lower abdomen.

The Titans defensive line has played a huge role in the team's success and is eager to harass rookie quarterback Joe Flacco, who was not sacked in Tennessee's regular-season 13-10 win.

"I'm excited -- this is the biggest game of my career, obviously," Vanden Bosch said. "It's kind of a defining moment in my career and hopefully I can go out there and help this team win."

Both Vanden Bosch and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who man the right side of the Titans line, missed the last two regular-season games, including the 31-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers that clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.

Haynesworth, who's coming off a sprained left knee, is also ready to return to action and will wear a brace against the Ravens.

Veteran center Kevin Mawae, meanwhile, did minimal work in practice -- none with the full team -- and never had a jersey on. He seems unlikely to play because of a right elbow injury. The 15-year veteran wore a brace over his injured right elbow and tried snapping the ball a few times. He said he snapped with his left hand in games previously in his career.

"I've just had it on just to get used to it," he said of the brace. "Day-to-day, normal stuff I don't have any issues. The football-minded things I've got to figure out how to work through, and it's part of the process of rehabbing and getting stronger."

Paul Kuharsky covers the NFL for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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