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Inactive in the Ravens' first three games, defensive end Paul Kruger was hopeful that he would make his 2010 debut this Sunday in Pittsburgh.

The Ravens released veteran Trevor Pryce in a calculated roster move, and Cory Redding suffered a concussion against the Browns, perhaps earning a shot for Kruger, who helped win a November home game against the Steelers last year with an interception.

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"I don't know Cory's situation," Kruger said, "but it looks like an open door."

With Pryce gone and Redding out, Kruger is the only other defensive end on the roster. He suffered a shoulder injury in the preseason and hasn't been on the active roster yet.

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He said Wednesday that he feels comfortable as a down lineman after playing linebacker a year ago.

"It's been going good," he said. "I haven't been getting very many practice reps lately just because I'm injured a little bit. Before that, I felt pretty good about it."

Kruger said he has some soreness in the shoulder, but that it wouldn't prevent him from playing. He said he will be practicing on special teams and defense this week.

"The coaches are giving me good feedback to keep going hard and good things will happen," Kruger said. "I think that's always a good sign, [to] keep going with what you're doing and good things will happen."

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