Sidelined for the past two games with right knee and thigh injuries, Ravens starting left defensive end Pernell McPhee proclaimed himself back to his old capabilities heading into Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers

"I feel like I'm ready," said McPhee, who returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday. "I feel like I'm 100 percent."

McPhee was out for the Ravens' wins over the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders after failing to record a tackle for the first time this season in a loss to the Houston Texans.

After undergoing a pair of arthroscopic knee surgeries to address an injury sustained during the spring, McPhee has had an admittedly frustrating season where he has generated only 16 tackles and a half-sack.

As a rookie last season, McPhee finished second on the team with six sacks.

He is out of the knee brace, though.

"It helped me out a lot, this is the first time I went out to practice and I didn't have a knee brace," McPhee said. "I felt very comfortable running the drills and doing one-on-one and individual drills. I feel pretty good.

"I think the quickness is back. We were out doing drills and [defensive line coach Clarence Brooks] told me I looked pretty good and I felt pretty good."

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