Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the decision to deactivate the two defensive starters was not easy, but he still considers them day-to-day for this week leading to Sunday night’s game at the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Ravens opened their first day of practice this week without three starters in running back Alex Collins (illness), middle linebacker C.J. Mosley (bone bruise in left knee) and nose tackle Michael Pierce (foot).
The Ravens open at home against the Buffalo Bills, will be done with AFC North road games after Oct. 7, have a three-game road trip, have a three-game homestand, face four straight 2017 playoff teams in the midseason, and have back-to-back road games against the Falcons and Chiefs in December.
Sure, offseason additions have been key in turning a suspect unit into one of the NFL's best. But nothing has contributed more to the re-emergence of the Ravens 'D' than getting back their disruptive man in the middle.