With rookie Lardarius Webb gone for the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and Chris Carr slated to start at cornerback Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Ravens have yet to reveal who they plan to return kicks and/or punts on Sunday.

Special teams coordinator and assistant head coach Jerry Rosburg didn't solve the mystery when asked about the returns.

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"One of the things that we've talked about all year is we have a number of guys that we think can be returners," he said. "When these things happen, that turns into an advantage because these guys have been practicing all year long. And when we get to the game on Sunday, we'll have a guy out there catching the ball in each phase. Chris is in that mix, and we have other guys in that mix as well."

Rosburg said he is cognizant that Carr will get extended time at cornerback, which could cut into his reps at returns. The problem is that several other players who have returned kicks and punts in the past -- free safety Ed Reed, running back Ray Rice, wide receiver Mark Clayton and safety Tom Zbikowski, among others -- are either starters or injured.

"What you try to do is balance all the players," Rosburg said. "You try to balance the starters' reps in various phases, you try to get your guys that aren't starters but that are playing a lot in sub-defenses perhaps or third-down packages for the offense, and you try to balance their reps, too. If there are guys not playing in any of that, then they need to do everything, and that's really the case. We've got some guys that are playing a lot on offense and a lot on defense, and we'll scale back a little bit of what their special-teams role is. That's going to be no different this week, and it's really been the same all year long. … We need guys out there that are going full speed. It's a full-speed game, and if you're playing a lot and then you have to go cover a kick, then it's not to your advantage to have someone that is fatigued out there. So we try to balance all the phases, and returners are going to be no different in that regard."

Rosburg also addressed the uncertainty at long snapper. Matt Katula did not practice for the second consecutive day due to tendonitis in his right elbow, and his right wrist and forearm were wrapped.

"We'll just have to wait and see what happens until the weekend," Rosburg said. "We have a guy that can practice and has been out at practice for a couple days and has helped us during practice. If it does become a situation where Matt can't play, we've got one close at hand."

Although the team added rookie Nick Sundberg to the practice squad, Katula was adamant that he will play Sunday.

"No, I'll be able to play this Sunday," he said. "It's the Steelers."

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