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L.McClain's availability could impact offense

Fullback Le'Ron McClain's availability for the Ravens showdown with their AFC North rivals Pittsburgh Steelers could impact how the offense operates Sunday night.

After the two-time Pro Bowl fullback left the second quarter of the team's 17-10 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a left ankle sprain, rookie tight end Dennis Pitta lined up at that spot because the Ravens have no other fullbacks on the roster.

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Coach John Harbaugh acknowledged Monday that a healthy and effective McClain fills a variety of roles."The fullback position's a lot of positions," Harbaugh said. "It's fullback, it's a wing, it's a balanced, two-by-two formation, it's trips, it's a movement position, and Le'Ron does all those things. Obviously, you do the things with the position that the guy does best."

Fans have been clamoring to see both Ray Rice and Willis McGahee in the backfield at the same time, and another possibility is using the 5-foot-11, 222-pound Jalen Parmele as a fullback.

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Harbaugh did not shoot down either possibility.

"Some of our other running backs can play fullback, so we've got some other options," he said. "When you've got a week to prepare for that possibility, we'll have more things up this week."

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