The Cleveland Browns' 24-3 victory over the Bengals on Thursday may have raised some eyebrows around the NFL, but it only confirmed what Harbaugh has been saying for a while.
"We've played Cleveland. I hate to say it, but I stood up here and told you guys how good of a football team they were and you all — not you all, some of you — rolled your eyes," Harbaugh said playfully. "When do you guys every write the 'I was wrong' article? I'm looking for that one. They've proven what kind of football team they are. It's going to be a tight division race.
The Browns' victory puts them in a tie for first place in the AFC North with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both teams are 6-3. The Bengals are in third place with a 5-3-1 record, while the Ravens are in last at 5-4.
"Really, we just need to do our part," Harbaugh said. "That's all we need to do. We need to do our part and we need to be as good as we can be this week. We've had a really good week of practice, our guys are really focused and our guys need to play that way."
The Ravens ruled out wide receiver Michael Campanaro (hamstring) and offensive tackle Jah Reid for Sunday's game. Reid broke his hand, according to a source ... Starting offensive linemen Marshal Yanda (knee) and Zuttah (ankle) are both probable. … Smith will be placed on season-ending injured reserve, but Harbaugh was noncommittal on when the Ravens will make the move and fill his roster spot. One possibility is to wait until next week when the team is on bye and can have an open tryout. … Harbaugh said that cornerback Asa Jackson, who is on injured reserve with a designation to return because of a toe injury, is making progress. He's not eligible to play until Dec.7 against the Miami Dolphins. … Harbaugh spoke briefly to general manager Ozzie Newsome, who testified in New York on Thursday at former Ravens running back Ray Rice's appeal hearing, but he said that he hasn't really been following the hearing.