Ravens Go Without A Fullback

Le’Ron McClain and Jason McKie are inactive for the Ravens today.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Sunday, December 5th, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Categories: 2010 Season, Mike Duffy, Week 13 vs Steelers

The Ravens are going to play the Pittsburgh Steelers without the use of a fullback, as both Le’ron McClain (ankle) and Jason McKie are inactive for Sunday’s contest.

McClain had some hope to play after he was limited in practice on Friday, but his ankle injury – which he suffered last weekend in a win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – seems to be too severe to play on the nationally-televised “Sunday Night Football” contest.

There was some hope that Jason McKie, the veteran who was signed earlier this week, would fill in for McClain, but the Ravens chose not to activate him, as well.

The Ravens will likely use rookie tight ends Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta in more of an H-back role to make up for not having a regular fullback on the active roster.

Tackle Michael Oher (knee) and safety Dawan Landry (concussion)were listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report, but both are active against the Steelers.

In addition, the Ravens deactivated cornerback Cary Williams, which means fellow corner Fabian Washington will play, possibly in a special teams role.

Guard Bryan Mattison, defensive tackles Arthur Jones and Lamar Divens, and linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Jason Phillips are also inactive.

For the Steelers, Charlie Batch will be the third quarterback, while running back Jonathan Dwyer, corner Crezdon Butler, offensive tackles Chris Scott and Tony Hills, defensive tackle Steve McClendon, defensive end Aaron Smith, and tight end Matt Spaeth are all inactive.

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