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Despite his declaration of being healthy and ready to play, fullback Le'Ron McClain was deactivated prior to the Ravens' 13-10 loss to 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.

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"I was pretty much ready, but I guess it was just the team's decision to have me down," McClain said. "So I just go with what they say. I'm just trying to get healthy and get ready for Houston [on Monday night]."

McClain conceded that he was chomping at the bit to play."Yeah, I could've," he said. "It was for the AFC North, the championship. I know I'm ready, but they made the decision to put me down, so I just went with that. Looking forward to Houston."

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Coach John Harbaugh said the coaches felt that McClain was still bothered by the ankle and that the offense was comfortable using rookie tight ends Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta as H-backs.

"What I didn't want to do is put ourselves in a position to run packages we hadn't practiced," Harbaugh said. "Plus, the two-tight end stuff and the three-tight end stuff that we had was pretty good against their outside pass rush."

The Ravens also scratched newly-signed Jason McKie, which meant that the team went without a fullback against a Steelers run defense that ranked first in the NFL and a pass-rush unit that was tied for second in the league prior to Sunday.

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