Paul Kruger, who made a huge interception in overtime that helped the Ravens beat the Steelers last November, said he's been told he will play Sunday in Pittsburgh.
"I know they're going to use me," said Kruger, who moved from linebacker to defensive end this season. "I'll be playing my position, the position I've played the whole year.
"I'm grateful for this opportunity."
Kruger suffered a shoulder injury in the final preseason game and has been inactive the first three weeks of the season. The Ravens released -- and ultimately lost -- defensive end Trevor Pryce this week, and another player at that position, Cory Redding, still has concussion symptoms and isn't expected to play Sunday. Kruger could wind up with a lot of playing time, and could start. He worked with the first unit this week in the absence of Pryce and Redding.
Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison said on Thursday that Kruger was healthy enough to play now.
"He's a very important part of our defense," Mattison said. "He's improved a great deal in the [position] switch ... "
Kruger was a second-round pick in 2009 out of Utah.
This season's second-round pick, defensive tackle Terrence Cody, who hasn't played yet this season either, was noncommittal when asked about his status.
"You'll see me when you see me," he said.
Asked if he felt he was ready to get on the field, Cody said, "I'm ready to play."