Grubbs, Ngata, Birk active vs. Steelers

Left guard

Ben Grubbs

, defensive tackle

Haloti Ngata

and center

Matt Birk

are active for the Ravens’ clash with the

Pittsburgh Steelers

Sunday night at Heinz Field.

Grubbs has not played since the season opener against the Steelers on Sept. 11 after straining ligaments in a toe on his right foot. He was limited in all three practices this past week and had been listed as questionable.

If Grubbs is active, it’s anticipated that he will start at left guard for

Andre Gurode

, who had made five consecutive starts at that position.

Ngata was limited in practice Friday after sitting out sessions on Wednesday and Thursday with what the team described as a thigh injury. The two-time Pro Bowler had been listed as probable.

Birk (neck) had been limited Wednesday and Thursday before fully participating in Friday’s session. He was also listed as probable.

Wide receiver/kick returner

David Reed

(knee) and cornerback

Danny Gorrer

(thigh) are active. Reed had been listed as questionable, while Gorrer had been probable.

The Ravens deactivated wide receivers

Lee Evans

(left ankle) and rookie

Tandon Doss

, linebackers

Dannell Ellerbe

(hamstring) and

Sergio Kindle

, rookie running back

Anthony Allen

(thigh), tight end

Kris Wilson

and rookie cornerback

Chykie Brown


Rookie wide receiver

Torrey Smith

will make his sixth consecutive start for Evans.

Rookie linebacker

Chavis Williams

, who had been promoted from the practice squad to the active roster after the team waived cornerback

Bryan McCann

Saturday, is active.

Pittsburgh will play without two starting linebackers in

LaMarr Woodley

(strained left hamstring) and

James Farrior

(torn calf muscle).

Jason Worilds


Larry Foote

will fill in for Woodley and Farrior, respectively.

But outside linebacker

James Harrison

(fractured orbital bone) is active. He was listed as probable after being upgraded from limited to full participation Friday.

Starting wide receiver

Hines Ward


ankle sprain

) IS also active after being listed as questionable Friday.

In addition to Woodley and Farrior, the Steelers scratched wide receiver

Emmanuel Sanders

(knee/death of mother), center

Doug Legursky

, nose tackle

Chris Hoke

, quarterback

Dennis Dixon

and offensive tackle

Jamon Meredith



Jeremy Kapinos

will kick after the team placed Dan Sepulveda (knee) on injured reserve.