Tight end Dennis Pitta's concussion symptoms subsided during the Ravens' 13-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to coach John Harbaugh.
Pitta suffered a head injury when he was tackled by free safety Ryan Clark and linebacker Lawrence Timmons after catching a short pass during the firstquarter and didn't return after heading to the locker room to be examined.
With Pitta feeling better Monday, it suggests that he'll likely play Sunday against the San Diego Chargers as long as he passes a pending baseline neurological test.
"By the end of the game, during the game, he was fine," Harbaugh said. "At the end, he showed no symptoms. He's feeling really good, so he should be fine. He will have to go through the protocol that we put our guys through. It's a very strict protocol."
Meanwhile, nose guard Terrence Cody was held out due to an elbow injury. The Ravens were surprised that the swelling didn't go down prior to kickoff.
"He tweaked his elbow in practice," Harbaugh said. "We didn't think it was going to be an issue, we thought it would be fine. The swelling just never came out of it. Throughout pregame, we thought he was going to be there.
"I got the bad news from [defensive line coach] Clarence Brooks that he just couldn't lock out like he needed to hold off the linemen. That's why he didn't go."
The Ravens' other injuries are regarded as minor, including: cornerback Chris Johnson (strained hamstring), tight end Ed Dickson (ankle) and safety James Ihedigbo (sprained neck).
Harbaugh indicated that defensive end Pernell McPhee, who has missed the past three games with right knee and thigh injuries, has an improved chance of playing this week.
"There was no setback and he's on schedule, very soon," Harbaugh said. "This week is a possibility. Last week, in all fairness, wasn't a possibility."
McPhee boldly proclaimed last week that he was 100 percent recovered from his injuries even though he wound up being listed as doubtful on the injury report.
"I didn't say he was 100 percent, so you're going to have to ask him about that," Harbaugh said. "He's a good guy, and he's working hard."
Quiet game for T. Smith
One year after catching a game-winning touchdown in Pittsburgh, wide receiver Torrey Smith was limited to one inconsequential catch for seven yards despite being targeted seven times by quarterback Joe Flacco.
The former University of Maryland standout was shadowed all game by cornerback Ike Taylor. Smith was occasionally double-teamed.
"They were doubling him in the sense that they were doubling both outside guys," Harbaugh said. "So, they were playing a two-deep, man-under type of a scheme where they were doubling the outside receiver on both sides, which was Torrey and Anquan [Boldin] usually.
"There were also times when they were open, and maybe Joe felt a little something pushing out underneath it, and he threw it away or a little high and wide where he thought the only guy who would have a chance for it would be the receiver, and it just kind of ended up sailing a little bit too far out there."
Learning on the fly
Rookie offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele had a learning experience as he squared off for the first time with Steelers star outside linebackers James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley.
Although Woodley had one sack, five tackles and two quarterback hits primarily rushing against Osemele while Harrison recorded eight tackles and a sack against left tackle Michael Oher, Osemele held up solidly overall.