Ravens inside linebacker Jameel McClain is listed as probable on the injury report, an interesting development considering that he remains on the reserve-physically unable to perform list.
McClain returned to practice this week, 10 months after suffering a spinal cord contusion against the Washington Redskins.
Under NFL rules, McClain can be activated at any time during the next three weeks. The Ravens have until Saturday at 4 p.m. to make a roster move to place him on the active roster if they want him to play Sunday against the Pittburgh Steelers.
Regardless of whether McClain plays Sunday, this can be interpreted as an encouraging statement about his medical outlook.
McClain has said that he didn't think the organization would rush him into games, though, considering he has a lot of rust to shed.
"Physically, it feels great," McClain said Wednesday. "If you ask me, I'm ready right now. That's just my opinion. That will be for the coaches and Ozzie [Newsome] to decide how long it takes me to knock the rust off.
"I don't think there's any timetable. It's just the coaches' decision how they feel I look out there. The injury is gone. That's past me right now. I'm focusing on getting in football shape."
The Ravens listed wide receiver Brandon Stokley (hip, groin) as doubtful, but coach John Harbaugh said he won't play Sunday.
Rookie center Ryan Jensen (foot surgery) is doubtful, and linebacker Josh Bynes (finger surgery) is out.
Several players are questionable, including nose tackle Haloti Ngata (left elbow) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (strained hamstring). Both are expected to play.
Cornerback Chykie Brown (hamstring), nose tackle Terrence Cody (sprained left knee), linebacker Albert McClellan (sprained right shoulder) and linebacker Courtney Upshaw (foot) are questionable.
Besides McClain, defensive linemen Chris Canty (groin) and Marcus Spears (knee) are probable.
The Steelers ruled out tight end Richard Gordon (toe) and wide receiver Markus Wheaton (finger).
Rookie outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, the Steelers' first-round draft pick, is questionable with a concussion. He was limited in practice.
Four players are probable for the Steelers: offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert (quadriceps), defensive end Brett Keisel (abdomen), tight end Heath Miller (non-injury reasons) and outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley (knee).