"He was talking a lot. I thought we had grown past that. Last game, there was nothing said. This week, it was back to normal. It's fun to play against him. He's a great player."
Tucker on a roll
Ravens kicker Justin Tucker remains on a torrid streak.
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The AFC Special Teams Player of the Month connected on five goals and has now hit 27 consecutive field goals, the longest active streak in the NFL.
Against the Steelers, Tucker made kicks from 43, 34, 38, 45 and 48 yards.
"I don't think I'd say anything about being at an all-time high, or I really don't even acknowledge when people tell me that I'm on some sort of a streak or anything," Tucker said. "I just feel like I'm doing my job. ... I do feel like I'm just hitting the ball well. I feel like I've been hitting my ball all season long."
Tucker tied a Ravens single-game record for field goals, previously accomplished four times by Matt Stover and twice by Billy Cundiff.
In his second season, Tucker has converted 29 of 31 field goals, with his only misfires coming against the Cleveland Browns in the second week of the season.
“What more can you say?” Harbaugh said. “He's gotten every accolade. It's been well-deserved. So, Tuck deserves the credit as does his operation and his protection. They all did a great job."
Pitta not activated
It will be at least another week before tight end Dennis Pitta rejoins the Ravens' active roster, and perhaps a bit longer before he regains his pass-catching role.
The Ravens followed through on their original plan by not activating Pitta from short-term injured reserve hours before Thursday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Ravens had until 4 p.m. to do so in order for Pitta to be eligible for the game, but that was never their intention.
According to sources, the Ravens plan to activate Pitta heading into the Dec. 8 game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Pitta returned to practice last week. As a result, next week marks the end of a three-week window for Pitta to either join the active roster or be placed on season-ending injured reserve.
Pitta underwent surgery on his right hip after fracturing and dislocating it during a training-camp practice July 27. He got tangled up with strong safety James Ihedigbo on a high end zone pass from Joe Flacco and landed awkwardly on his hip.
On Wednesday, coach John Harbaugh said Pitta was “closer” to returning. Pitta would be available to play in the final four games of the regular season.
The Ravens want Pitta active by the Vikings game so they can potentially have him play on a limited basis in that game or the following week against the Detroit Lions.
Pitta has been participating in individual drills for the past two weeks, catching passes before and after practice.
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