Who’s Playing, Who’s Not vs. Steelers

McClain returned to practice with limited participation, but Oher was held out.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Friday, December 3rd, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Categories: 2010 Season, Mike Duffy, Week 13 vs Steelers

As the Ravens ended practice on Friday, fullback Le’Ron McClain jogged off the field towards the gathering media, made a juke move past two reporters and shimmied off to the locker room.

For a player that has been dealing with an ankle injury all week, McClain had the bounce of a guy getting ready to play this weekend.

“He looks spry,” Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said with a laugh.  “I think that’s appropriate.”

Of course, McClain’s status for Sunday’s matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers is far from certain.  The Ravens’ starter is questionable on the final injury report of the week, meaning he has a 50-percent chance of suiting up.

McClain didn’t practice on Wednesday or Thursday, and was just a limited as the week wrapped.

“To me, I say I’m 100 percent ready to play,” McClain said.  “I know the game plan. I know everything. It just depends on what the coaches want to do. I’m ready.”

McClain said he’ll use the full benefit of 48 hours before kickoff to continue rehabilitating the ankle, which did not experience any swelling.

“I can play the whole game [if it's still hurting],” McClain noted.  “Come Sunday, I should have no pain with the adrenaline and getting ready for that game.”

Should McClain not go, the Ravens have used tight ends Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta in more of an H-back role, while veteran fullback Jason McKie was signed this week to add depth.

“I know Cam’s [Cameron, Offensive Coordinator] got a plan if I play or if I don’t,” said McClain.

Oher, Landry 50/50 Too

Both starting left tackle Michael Oher and starting safety Dawan Landry are questionable, as well.

There was optimism earlier in the week that Oher would play after spraining his knee last Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but his future is cloudy.

Oher fully practiced on Wednesday and Thursday, but was held out on Friday.

With Landry, he said he was fine after suffering a concussion in the Bucs game.  Landry was limited all week in practice – and although he still must pass a baseline test Friday afternoon – he believes he will be able to play.

“I feel good, did what I could in practice,” Landry said.  “I’m ready to go.”

Mason, Chester, Dickson All Probable

The good news is that wideout Derrick Mason, right guard Chris Chester and tight end Ed Dickson are all probable for Sunday.

Mason fully practiced Friday after missing Thursday with an illness.  He never thought about missing the upcoming AFC North battle and said he feels much better.

“Oh yeah, I am. Better than I did yesterday,” the 14-year veteran said. “I’m still sick somewhat. I think today was good. I got an opportunity to run and sweat some of it out.

“It wasn’t even a question about me missing a game.  It was just making sure I was rested.”

Chester seems to be recovered from the infection in his leg that knocked him out of the Ravens’ last two games.

He was full-go in practice all week.

“The stitches are out, and the wound seems, to the best of my medical opinion, to be fine,” Chester said. “I feel very optimistic. There’s maybe a little bit of stiffness in there, but besides that, I feel more than capable of playing.”

Dickson has been battling a thigh injury, but that did not hamper him in practice, either.

Roethlisberger = Questionable

The biggest news coming out of Pittsburgh is that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is questionable with a foot injury that the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported as broken.

Still, there is no question in Harbaugh’s mind of whether Roethlisberger will play.

“I couldn’t care less. He’s going to line up and play quarterback,” said Harbaugh.

Roethlisberger was limited from Wednesday-Friday.  Should he not play, the Ravens could face Charlie Batch or Byron Leftwich for the Steelers.

For the Steelers…

Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu (ankle), cornerback Bryant McFadden (hamstring), defensive ends Brett Keisel (calf) and Nick Eason (knee), and offensive tackle Flozell Adams (back) are all probable.

Defensive end Aaron Smith (triceps) and tight end Matt Spaeth (concussion) are doubtful.

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