After sitting out two consecutive games to rest an ailing hamstring, C.J. Mosley is eager to return for the Ravens' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.

The starting inside linebacker said the recovery schedule for his hamstring, which was in an Oct. 9 loss to the Washington Redskins – not the team's current four-game losing streak – led to him targeting Sunday's showdown as his return date.


"With a hamstring, there's nothing you can do," Mosley said after Wednesday's practice. "You've just got to be patient with it because if you pull it again, it makes the wait even longer. I sat out my two games. So I'm definitely ready to get back, and it's the best time to be here, against the Steelers."

A Pro Bowler in his rookie season in 2014, Mosley, who still ranks fourth on the team in tackles with 29 and first in interceptions with three, was replaced in the starting lineup by Zachary Orr, who shifted from his usual weak-side linebacker spot to middle linebacker. Albert McClellan moved from outside linebacker to fill Orr's position.

Mosley conceded that he was eager to help his teammates.

"I definitely want to be out there, especially with the way our linebackers were set up," he said. "As soon as I went down, more people started getting injured. So we were really stressed at linebacker. We had guys playing at different spots and also played all four special teams. So it was tough on the whole room, but just getting back out there, everybody was happy, everybody was relieved."

Players like McClellan and cornerback Jimmy Smith welcomed Mosley back enthusiastically.

"C.J., he's a Pro Bowler, a great teammate and a great leader," said McClellan, who can return to replacing Elvis Dumervil at outside linebacker. "So with him back, that's another leader we have on the field. So, of course everybody will be happy. Everybody's back in their normal positions as well. So it should be a little more productive with C.J. back in the lineup."

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