Though still being bothered by a lacerated right eyelid, running back Willis McGahee participated fully in practice yesterday for the first time this week and is expected to be available for the Ravens' showdown with the reigning AFC North champion Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night.
Speaking before yesterday's practice for the first time since suffering the injury Sunday, McGahee sounded noncommittal about whether he would be able to play against the Steelers.
"I don't know how it's going to be, to tell you the truth," said McGahee, who wore sunglasses but is listed as probable on the team's injury report. "I'm going to go out here and try to practice and see what goes on after that."
Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron sounded slightly more optimistic about McGahee's status, saying: "He's doing fine from what I can tell. His eye doesn't look great, but I think he's been doing OK in meetings today. ... He's getting ready to play. That's the important thing."
McGahee, who missed the entire preseason and the season opener after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, rushed for 64 yards on 15 carries and scored a touchdown in the Ravens' 28-10 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
But he left the game in the third quarter with blood dripping from his right eye after gaining 7 yards and moving the ball to the Browns' 1.
After the injury, McGahee, who was also poked in the left eye, carried the ball just one time for minus 1 yard, and coach John Harbaugh sent film of the game to the NFL for a determination on whether a Browns player had intentionally gouged McGahee's eye.
The league cleared the Browns on Thursday of wrongdoing.
"I don't even know what happened, to tell you the truth," said McGahee, who said he has not watched the game film. "I'm just finding out about it. ... I don't know what the call was. I'm just taking it day by day."
Even with McGahee, the team could rotate fullback Le'Ron McClain and rookie running back Ray Rice against the Steelers, the NFL's second-toughest rush defense.
McClain, who leads the team in carries (36), yards (152) and touchdowns (two), missed practice Thursday because of a migraine, but he returned yesterday and also is listed as probable.
"He's full go," Cameron said. "He was great in meetings this morning, and he'll be ready to play."
As expected, cornerback Samari Rolle, who injured his right shoulder in the fourth quarter of Sunday's victory, did not practice yesterday and was ruled out for Monday's contest.
Cornerback Fabian Washington, who has a bulging disc in his neck, practiced fully for the third consecutive day and is listed as probable. But Rex Ryan, assistant head coach/defensive coordinator, seemed to indicate that Washington might not be an option, saying that having Washington "would be a bonus."
Ryan said Corey Ivy and Frank Walker could receive extended action as the second cornerback opposite Chris McAlister.
NOTES:: In addition to Rolle, defensive tackle Kelly Gregg (left knee), strong safety Dawan Landry (spinal cord concussion) and quarterback Troy Smith (tonsil infection) are out. Right offensive tackle Adam Terry made a sudden appearance on the team's injury report after being limited in practice because of an ankle injury. Terry, wide receiver-return specialist Yamon Figurs (hamstring) and linebacker Nick Greisen (quadriceps) are questionable. Linebacker Ray Lewis (foot), tight end Daniel Wilcox (shoulder) and rookie linebacker Tavares Gooden (hip) are probable. ... Special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said he's not worried about kicker Matt Stover's 1-for-3 start on field goals this season. "I'd be more concerned if I didn't watch him every day in practice," Rosburg said of the third-most accurate kicker in NFL history. "I see him come out here every day and work on his skills and practice well. He's kicked well through training camp. I think what we've seen so far is two kicks that he didn't make. He has analyzed them like Matt does. He's gone through them, he knows what happened, and the good news is he knows how to fix it." ... Orioles pitcher Lance Cormier attended practice as a guest of linebacker Jarret Johnson's. Johnson and Cormier attended the University of Alabama and live on the same block in Alabama.
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Line: Steelers by 5 1/2