Now, they still have an important decision to make regarding
Dealing with a torn right biceps sustained in the fourth quarter of a loss last Sunday to the
Suggs hasn't aggravated the injury, but determining if he'll play Sunday remains an unresolved issue despite some encouraging signs so far. It's expected to hinge on how Suggs fares during warmups, but he's determined to play despite the injury, his second serious one this year after making it back from a partially torn right Achilles tendon suffered in late April that required surgery.
“It held up real well,” Ravens coach
With Ellerbe sidelined with a right foot and ankle injury and Dickson not playing due to a hyperextended right knee, special-teams ace
"I've been on the backburner for most of the season, so it feels good to get my feet wet," said Ayanbadejo, who has six tackles in relief of Ellerbe over the past two games. "It feels good to get back in the mix. If called upon, I'm ready to protect and serve."
While dynamic rookie quarterback
Rookie running back Alfred Morris has rushed for 1,106 yards and 13 touchdowns and is averaging 4.8 yards per carry.
The sixth-round draft pick from Florida Atlantic has been so effective that he reminds Ravens strong safety
I respect him, I really do," Pollard said. "The guy is a very hard runner. One thing he understands is a four-yard run. He's going to run it hard. I respect him. He's buying in.
"It took Arian Foster a year to buy in and you see where he is now. They're different runners, but I respect him so much. I think he can be at the top of his game like Arian."
The 5-foot-9, 218-pounder is tied for third in the
"The guy runs angry," Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. "He runs hard, he runs behind his pads. He's been a force. The guy has really been a good back, and he runs hard."
R. Lewis, J. Smith getting healthier
The former first-round draft pick is listed as doubtful ,but showed enough progress that he could potentially return the following week against the
"Jimmy made progress," Harbaugh said. "He's out there practicing. Did a nice job, moved around pretty well, broke up some scar tissue and things like that. That's really important. He did a good job."
Injured middle linebacker Ray Lewis isn't eligible to return until the Broncos game as he remains on the injured reserve-designated to return list with a surgically-repaired right triceps. Harbaugh said Lewis has maintained his conditioning during his convalescence.
"He moved around really well," Harbaugh said. "You know Ray is going to stay in great shape. It's not that long since he's played, so he moved around really well. It was fun to have him out there. I know I was uplifted by it. It was great to see him out there."
All week, Ravens practice squad quarterback
"Yeah, it's something I'm accustomed to," Dixon said. "I am a little bit taller than him, but we have similar games. I had a lot of fun and I gave them a lot of input."
By all accounts, Dixon was a hit.
"Dennis has done a great job," Harbaugh said. "He understands the reads, the timing of it, the footwork and those things. It was a big plus for our defense. He's been into it all week."
Working his way back
It was a modest return for Ravens defensive end Pernell McPhee.
Out of the lineup for the previous four games due to right knee and thigh injuries, McPhee was back on the field for 13 snaps and had one tackle against the Steelers working in at left end behind
"I'm ready for more," said McPhee, who's been limited to 17 tackles and a half-sack after recording six sacks last season as a rookie. "I'm ready to go out and compete. Whatever they need from me, I'm ready."