Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco might get his best chance to end a drought of 11 quarters without a touchdown pass thanks to the return of his best wide receiver.
Steve Smith Sr. is active for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium. Smith has not played since injuring his ankle in the first quarter of a 16-10 loss to the Washington Redskins on Oct. 9. He practiced fully for the first time on Friday.
Not to be outdone, the Steelers activated their own offensive weapon in quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He underwent surgery almost three weeks ago to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, but practiced on a limited basis last week.
Smith, who still ranks third on the Ravens in catches (27) and yards (310), appeared for pre-game warm-ups Sunday and moved and cut well. His return could be a significant boost for a passing attack that is ranked 18th in the NFL in average yards (246.1).
The team also activated strong safety Matt Elam and cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris. The 25-year-old Elam, who underwent knee surgery in late August, was elevated from injured reserve on Saturday. He started 26 in his first two seasons, but has not played in a game since an AFC Divisional playoff loss to the New England Patriots on Jan. 10, 2015 and has been plagued by poor play and injuries.
Lewis-Harris, 27, was claimed by the Ravens after being released by the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday. A 2012 undrafted free agent out of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Lewis-Harris has played in 26 career games and got his first interception this season.
The Ravens deactivate outside linebackers Elvis Dumervil (foot) and Kamalei Correa (thigh), guards Ryan Jensen and Vladimir Ducasse, tight end Crockett Gillmore (thigh), defensive tackle Willie Henry, and cornerback Shareece Wright (pulled hamstring).
In addition to Roethlisberger, the Steelers welcome back two more starters in right tackle Marcus Gilbert (high ankle sprain) and defensive end Cam Heyward (hamstring).
Pittsburgh scratched linebacker L.J. Fort, cornerback Justin Gilbert, quarterback Zach Mettenberger, tackle Brian Mihalik, fullback Roosevelt Nicks, defensive end L.T. Walton, and wide receiver Markus Wheaton (shoulder).