OWINGS MILLS - Injured Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said Friday he feels "good" heading into Sunday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Ngata has battled a sprained MCL in his right knee and an injured right shoulder for the past several weeks.
Ngata practiced on a limited basis all week and is listed as probably for Sunday's game.
"I practiced all week and I feel good," Ngata said.
Ngata sat out last week's win against the Oakland Raiders, never entering the game despite being active.
"That was [something] that me and [head coach John Harbaugh] decided to do," Ngata said. "If we started losing, I probably would have played, but they never caught up or put us in any situation where I needed to be out there."
Ngata had just two tackles in the two games prior to the Raiders after recording 30 tackles and three sacks in Baltimore's first six games.
He said resting last week "helped out a lot."
OPTIMISM ON J. SMITH: Harbaugh voiced optimism Friday regarding the likelihood that injured cornerback Jimmy Smith could return by the end of the season.
Smith underwent sports hernia surgery Thursday and is out indefinitely.
"It looks like, by all accounts, [the surgery] went really, really well," Harbaugh said. "And the timeframe - it's hard to say exactly what it is. But by the end of the season, there is a really, really good chance he will be back playing."
INJURY REPORT: A day after declaring his ailing right knee "100 percent," Ravens defensive end Pernell McPhee was listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Steelers.
McPhee has missed the last two games.
He practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday, but was a non-participant Friday.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder/ribs), wide receiver/return specialist Antonio Brown (ankle), safety Troy Polamalu (calf) and right tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) were all ruled out for Pittsburgh.