Ravens fullback Le'Ron McClain had a sinking feeling the Ravens weren't going to let him play on his injured ankle against the Steelers when the coaches hadn't incorporated him into the game plan by Friday, but he was still holding onto hope that they would change their minds right up until a few hours before kickoff.
"I felt good going to the stadium," McClain said. "I had been working with the doctor all week.I was [surprised] when they deactivated me. I mean, I had a feeling in the back of my head it might happen when I was looking at the game plan and I wasn't really involved after Friday, but I thought, you know, AFC North Championship, they would let me have a little have a little taste of it. Let me block [James] Harrison and some of them. But I guess I'll get them next year. It was hard to watch. Real hard."
McClain said he didn't know why exactly the Ravens decided to go into the game without a fullback. The team signed fullback Jason McKie in his absence, but didn't activate him for the game either.
"I was frustrated," McClain said. "I think any player would be. I felt like it's the AFC North Championship, really. I would like to go out there and do whatever I could. But that wasn't the case. So I was on the sidelines, cheering everybody on. But hopefully if that decision ever comes up again, I'll be out there."
McClain said he's 100 percent healthy now.
"I'm good. Real good," McClain said. "I went out there today and had a real good practice, with no pain in my ankle."
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