Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh talks about what needs to happen for safety Matt Elam and wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. to return. (Baltimore Sun video)
Veteran wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. took a significant step toward returning to the field Sunday for the Ravens' key matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium.
Smith, who has missed the past two games after hurting his right ankle Oct. 9 against the Washington Redskins, was listed on the game's final injury report as questionable after he was a full participant in Friday's practice. He also practiced on a limited basis a day earlier.
"We'll just see where he is," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "I didn't have any expectations for it beforehand. I just wait for the trainers to say [something], and the player, of course. It's that type of a thing, too. When everybody says the player is ready to go, we put him out there. That's how we do it."
Smith hasn't been available to comment, but the sense around the team is that, assuming his ankle held up through practice this week, he'll play Sunday. That would be a significant development for a struggling Ravens' passing game.
The Ravens are also poised to get back left tackle Ronnie Stanley (foot), right guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder) and linebackers Terrell Suggs (biceps) and C.J. Mosley (hamstring). Those four, along with defensive backs Lardarius Webb (hamstring) and Tavon Young (concussion), were listed as questionable, but they are all expected to play. Mosley, who has missed two consecutive games, might be the biggest question mark of the group, but he was a full participant in Friday's practice.
The Ravens did rule out tight end Crockett Gillmore (thigh) and linebackers Elvis Dumervil (foot) and Kamalei Correa (thigh). Cornerback Shareece Wright (hamstring) was listed as doubtful.
For the Steelers, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (knee) was listed as questionable, but reports out of Pittsburgh indicate that the veteran will play Sunday less than three weeks after having knee surgery. Backup running back DeAngelo Williams (knee) and veteran cornerback William Gay (foot) are also questionable.
Ravens beat reporter Jeff Zrebiec gives his scouting report on Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers game. (Baltimore Sun video)