Running back Ray Rice is active for the Ravens' showdown with the AFC North-leading Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The featured back practiced on a limited basis Thursday and Friday, but he vowed to play Sunday after bruising his right knee in the team's 24-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns a week ago.
Defensive linemen Paul Kruger and Terrence Cody are also active. Kruger, a second-round pick in last year's draft, and Cody, a second-round selection in April, will make their debuts this season due in part to the unavailability of defensive ends Cory Redding (concussion) and Trevor Pryce (released and claimed by the New York Jets).
In addtion to Redding, the Ravens also deactivated linebackers Tavares Gooden (dislocated left shoulder) and Edgar Jones (thigh), cornerbacks Josh Wilson and rookie Prince Miller, offensive tackle Jared Gaither (thoracic disk in back), wide receiver Donte' Stallworth (broken left foot) and rookie defensive tackle Arthur Jones.
The Steelers scratched starting right guard Trai Essex (ankle). Doug Legursky will start in Essex's place.
Pittsburgh also deactivated cornerbacks Keenan Lewis and Crezdon Butler, nose tackle Chris Hoke (knee), rookie running back Jonathan Dwyer, offensive tackle Tony Hills, linebacker Thaddeus Gibson and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.