Landry expected to return

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Strong safety Dawan Landry was released from Maryland Shock Trauma Center and is expected to return to the field this season after suffering a spinal cord concussion in the second quarter of Sunday's 28-10 win against the Cleveland Browns.

"His stability tests are all normal," coach John Harbaugh said. "He will be in a cervical collar for at least a week, and then they'll evaluate him further and then we'll just take it from there. He'll be playing in some number of weeks, and it won't be too many weeks."

Harbaugh expressed gratitude for the Browns' concerns for Landry. "Their attitude and the respect they had for him as a player and for the Ravens as a team was pretty obvious," he said. "These guys care about each other in this league, and you could see that. Guys were kneeling and praying, and that was a strong statement."

In other injury news, cornerback Samari Rolle said his right shoulder is painful but that he intends to practice this week in preparation for Monday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. "As long as they let me [practice], yeah, I plan to be there," Rolle said.

Running back Willis McGahee (cut on right eyelid) might be limited in practice this week, but Harbaugh said he could play against the Steelers.

Wide receiver-return specialist Yamon Figurs (hamstring) and linebacker Nick Greisen (quadriceps) said they plan to be available for Monday's game.

Group rushing effort

In the case of the Ravens' rushing attack, quantity produces quality.

For the second consecutive game, the offense used a rotation in the backfield, and that approach contributed to another victory.

McGahee, Le'Ron McClain and rookie Ray Rice combined to carry the football 37 times for 151 yards and three touchdowns Sunday.

In the season-opening 17-10 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, McClain, Rice, and even wide receiver Mark Clayton and rookie quarterback Joe Flacco gained 229 yards - the sixth-most in franchise history - on 46 rushes and scored two touchdowns.

Although some of the reasoning behind the running back-by-committee philosophy involves relieving some of the weight on McGahee, who played Sunday for the first time this season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last month, McClain said the running backs have grown accustomed to the rotation.

"We're real good with it," he said. "[Running backs] coach [Wilbert] Montgomery does a great job of rotating us in there in practice. [Offensive coordinator] Cam [Cameron] does a great job of calling the plays and getting us comfortable during practice so that when we get into the game, it's a piece of cake. It's a great feeling."

More than 60 percent of the offense's production has come from the ground game, which ranks second (190) in the NFL behind the Atlanta Falcons (203) in average yards per game.

That's why Harbaugh is more than comfortable with splitting carries among the running backs.

"We don't necessarily subscribe to the fact that one guy's got to carry it 35 or 40 times," he said. "If that was what you had and that was your strength, that's what you'd go with, but we feel fortunate to have three guys that can do it, and we're going to use all three guys."

End zone

Trevor Pryce's sack of the Browns' Derek Anderson in the second quarter gave the defensive end 80 career sacks, which is fifth-best among active players behind the Washington Redskins' Jason Taylor (118), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Kevin Carter (102), the Browns' Willie McGinest (85) and the St. Louis Rams' La'Roi Glover (83). "I didn't know that, and that's pretty cool," Pryce said. "But the guys ahead of me are way ahead of me." ... Spurred by linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, 20 players registered to vote through Rock the Vote.

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