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Deactivation surprises McKie

Despite being the only healthy fullback on the Ravens roster prior to Sunday night's 13-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jason McKie was deactivated as the offense used rookie tight ends Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta in H-back roles.

McKie was as surprised as many observers at being scratched.

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"I didn't know what to expect," he said after the team's practice Saturday. "I came in officially on Tuesday, so I kind of had to learn real fast. I felt like I picked it up pretty well, and the guys helped me out a lot, to pick up the offense. But I didn't know what to expect. I just had to be ready just in case."With two-time Pro Bowl fullback Le'Ron McClain expected to return for Monday night's contest against the Houston Texans, McKie will likely be deactivated again. But that hasn't prevented him from immersing himself in the offense's game plans.

"You've always got to prepare like you're one play away," McKie said. "That's the NFL, and that's the NFL lifestyle. You've always got to be prepared to take care of stuff when you get in there and make the most of your opportunity. So I'll just continue to practice and continue to gel with the guys."

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