Despite his declaration of being healthy and ready to play, fullback Le'Ron McClain was deactivated for the Ravens' clash with the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night.
McClain had missed two consecutive days of practice because of a sprained left ankle sustained in the team's 17-10 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a week ago. But he returned to practice Friday – albeit on a limited basis – and had said that he was prepared to play although he was listed as questionable in the team's final injury report. The coaching and medical staff must have thought otherwise.
The Ravens also scratched newly-signed Jason McKie, which means that the team will be without a fullback against a Steelers run defense that ranks first in the NFL and a pass-rush unit that was tied for second in the league prior to Sunday.In addition to McClain and McKie, the Ravens deactivated linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Jason Phillips, defensive tackles Lamar Divens and rookie Arthur Jones, cornerback Cary Williams and guard Bryan Mattison.
Left tackle Michael Oher (sprained right knee), strong safety Dawan Landry (concussion), right guard Chris Chester (bacterial leg infection) and wide receiver Derrick Mason (illness) are active. Oher and Landry were listed as questionable.
Not surprisingly, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is active for the Steelers. Roethlisberger has been battling what the team is calling a sprained right foot. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported late Thursday that he is actually suffering from a broken bone in the foot.
Pittsburgh will play without starting defensive end Aaron Smith (triceps. The Steelers also scratched offensive tackles Tony Hills and Chris Scott, tight end Matt Spaeth, running back Jonathan Dwyer, cornerback Crezdon Butler and defensive tackle Steve McLendon.