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Birk, Carr to play vs. Steelers

As anticipated, a pair of starters in cornerback Chris Carr and center Matt Birk are active and will play in the Ravens' AFC Divisional playoff showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field Saturday.

Carr had sat out Thursday's practice because of a thigh injury, but returned Friday on a limited basis and was listed as questionable. Birk had missed Wednesday's and Thursday's sessions due to a left knee injury, but like Carr, he returned Friday on a limited basis and was questionable.

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Inside linebacker Tavares Gooden (dislocated left shoulder) will play after sitting out the previous two contests.The team did deactivate defensive tackles Lamar Divens and rookie Arthur Jones, tight ends Davon Drew and rookie Dennis Pitta, rookie wide receiver/kick returner David Reed (torn ligament in left wrist), safety Tom Zbikowski (bulging disk in back), linebacker Jason Phillips and offensive lineman Bryan Mattison.

Zbikowski will miss his fifth consecutive game, while Reed will sit out his fourth straight contest.

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The Steelers scratched offensive tackles Tony Hills and Chris Scott, defensive end Aaron Smith (triceps), outside linebacker Jason Worilds, cornerback Crezdon Butler, rookie running back Jonathan Dwyer and defensive tackle Steve McLendon. Charlie Batch is the third (emergency) quarterback.

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