Terrell Suggs didn't wear an inflammatory T-shirt, as he is known to do before the Ravens' showdowns with the Pittsburgh Steelers. But Suggs stoked the rivalry just fine with his mouth: an eight-minute interview today with reporters added plenty of intrigue heading into Sunday night's showdown at Heinz Field.

The always entertaining and colorful linebacker didn't back off his statement that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's butt belongs to him, pleaded with Hines Ward to play Sunday and guaranteed that the Ravens will be ready to play.

"We have been declared war upon," Suggs said. "We are the enemy of the state, but who better than us? … We're taking 53 men to the apocalypse and we ain't bringing flowers."

Asked about playing at Heinz Field, Suggs said, "This is my Madison Square Garden. I love playing in this stadium. I love the way the people treat me, the welcoming they give me with the 'No.1's.' I love it. We're going on the road in probably the toughest stadium in the NFL. We are expecting a physical football game. I guarantee you the NFL, the world, will stop for this game, and everybody wants to see it. We will be ready, and we will act accordingly … Like I said, there is the Super Bowl, then there is Ravens-Steelers. Everybody will be watching this game."

Suggs then looked into the camera and sent a message to Ward, who sat out the Steelers' victory Sunday with an ankle injury.

"I'm looking right at you [No.] 86," Suggs said. "I need you to play. Please put on that 86, and that smile and all those things you do. We need all that for this game."

No defensive player has harassed Roethlisberger more than Suggs, who has a league-best 15 1/2 sacks against the Steelers' burly quarterback. Three of those sacks came in the Ravens' season-opening 35-7 victory. After that game, Suggs said, "His soul may belong to God, but his [butt] belongs to me." He didn't back off of that statement today.

"You all know the numbers. There is nobody who can do it better than me," Suggs said. "It's going to be fun. I'm pretty sure they have something in store to make sure I don't have a day, but like I said, I love being the bad guy.

"We think their piss is going to be a little hot. They are definitely going to have some 'Let's get after them' to their game. But, in hindsight, who knocked us out of the playoffs last year? In 2008, a certain team beat us to go to the Super Bowl and danced all over the field, held up the AFC Championship trophy. We had to sit by and watch that. It's a little salt in the wound on both sides."

Webb says Brown is better than Wallace

In just his third year in the NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace has developed into one of the most dangerous deep threats in the league.

Don't count Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb as being impressed.

Despite Wallace leading the NFL in catches of 40 yards or more (six) and ranking fourth in receiving yards (800), Webb said that he thinks Wallace's teammate, Antonio Brown, is a better receiver.

"Every time somebody asks me, they're always talking about Mike Wallace," Webb said. "But they have a guy in No. 84, Antonio Brown, who's better than [No.] 17 in all aspects of the game. A great returner, a great wide receiver."

The numbers don't support Webb's claim. In addition to his NFL rankings, Wallace leads Pittsburgh in catches (43) and touchdowns (five). Brown, the Steelers' primary return specialist, ranks second on the team in both receptions (34) and yards (431).

Grubbs back, Ngata sits

The Ravens got an important member of their offensive line back at practice, but were missing a key cog of their defense. While guard Ben Grubbs (toe) returned to practice on a limited basis, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was held out with a thigh injury. The severity of his injury is unknown.

Grubbs hasn't played since the first game of the season. Center Matt Birk (neck), running back Anthony Allen (thigh) and cornerback Danny Gorrer (thigh) were also limited participants in practice today.

Ngata was joined on the sideline by wide receivers Lee Evans (ankle) and David Reed (knee) and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring).