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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens will be forced to reshuffle their lineup at inside linebacker for Sunday’s game against the Steelers as starter Josh Bynes has been ruled out after undergoing surgery on his infect finger.
Coach John Harbaugh announced after Friday’s practice that Bynes’ infection hadn’t responded to antibiotics over the last few days, which prompted the need for him to have surgery to clean the finger out. The coach said the infection isn’t anything serious like the MRSA outbreak that’s recently plagued the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bynes suffered the cut a couple weeks ago, according to the Baltimore coach.
“We thought we’d have him back to practice Wednesday, then Thursday,” Harbaugh said. “Last night, the infection beat the antibiotics, so he had to get surgery on that finger to get it cleaned out. He’s doing fine, but that will preclude him from being able to play in this game.”
That news coupled with veteran Jameel McClain being listed as probable could lead to the Ravens returning the latter to the 53-man roster by 4 p.m. on Saturday. The sixth-year linebacker returned to the practice field earlier this week after being sidelined the last 10 months with a spinal cord contusion.
Harbaugh was noncommittal regarding McClain’s status against Pittsburgh, but the Ravens must return him to the 53-man roster by 4 p.m. on Saturday in order to play against Pittsburgh. Should McClain not play on Sunday, rookie Arthur Brown would take Bynes’ place in the starting defense next to fellow inside linebacker Daryl Smith.
“He’s up. It’s just if we want to take him off that designation and put him on the [53-man roster],” Harbaugh said. “Why don’t we just wait and see on that? I’m not prepared to make an announcement on that right now.”
Wide receiver Brandon Stokley was listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game as he missed the last two days of practice while continuing to battle a groin injury.
Stokley hasn’t played in a game since Sept. 22 as he’s dealt with the ailment and was even released a day prior to the Ravens’ win in Miami on Oct. 6 before being re-signed a few days later. With the rest of the Ravens’ group of wide receivers finally healthy, Stokley’s future in Baltimore is appearing foggier by the week.
“Brandon came out on Wednesday and got through the practice 100 percent,” Harbaugh said. “[He] came out on Thursday and didn’t feel as good. We’re continuing to rest him to try to get that right. I don’t foresee him playing in the game at this point unless something changes.”
The Ravens listed six players as questionable, including defensive tackles Haloti Ngata and Terrence Cody, linebackers Courtney Upshaw and Albert McClellan, and cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Chykie Brown. All of the aforementioned players except for McClellan practiced all week on a limited basis.
After missing Wednesday’s practice with a thigh issue, defensive end Chris Canty was designated as probable for Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Steelers listed rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones as questionable as he continues to recover from a concussion sustained in last week’s game.
Right tackle Marcus Gilbert, defensive end Brett Keisel, linebacker LaMarr Woodley, and tight end heath Miller were all listed as probable.
Here is the final injury report for the week:
OUT: LB Josh Bynes (thigh, finger)
DOUBTFUL: C Ryan Jensen (foot), WR Brandon Stokley (thigh)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Chykie Brown (thigh), DT Terrence Cody (knee), LB Albert McClellan (shoulder), DT Haloti Ngata (elbow), LB Courtney Upshaw (foot), CB Lardarius Webb (thigh)
PROBABLE: DE Chris Canty (thigh), LB Jameel McClain (neck), DT Marcus Spears (knee)
OUT: TE Richard Gordon (toe) , WR Markus Wheaton (finger)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Jarvis Jones (concussion)
PROBABLE: T Marcus Gilbert (quad), DE Brett Keisel (abdomen), TE Heath Miller (NIR), LB LaMarr Woodley (knee)