Ravens-Steelers: Inactives and pre-game notes

November 06, 2011 | Luke Jones

Ravens-Steelers: Inactives and pre-game notes

PITTSBURGH — Here we go again.

For the 35th time (playoffs included) in the last 16 years, the Ravens and Steelers renew what’s become the NFL’s best rivalry as Baltimore looks for its first regular-season sweep since 2006 and control of the AFC North at the midway point of the season.

The Ravens are playing on Sunday Night Football for the second time this season after beating the Jets, 34-17, in Baltimore on Oct. 2. Baltimore is 3-1 in the nationally-televised Sunday night game in the John Harbaugh era but is playing a Sunday night game on the road for the first time since NBC purchased the rights to the NFL’s most prestigious prime-time game.

Both teams made roster moves on Saturday as the Ravens waived cornerback Bryan McCann and promoted linebacker Chavis Williams to the 53-man roster. With cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Chris Carr and return specialist David Reed returning from injuries in recent weeks, the seldom-used McCann became expendable. Williams gives the Ravens some extra depth at linebacker and on special teams with Dannell Ellerbe still sidelined with a hamstring injury and Prescott Burgess going on injured reserve earlier this week.

The Steelers placed punter Daniel Sepulveda on injured reserve and signed Jeremy Kapinos to their 53-man roster. Sepulveda had injured his right knee in practice this week, and Kapinos replaces him on the Pittsburgh roster for the second straight year.

Pittsburgh is wearing their throwback uniforms tonight (black jerseys, white pants, and gold helmets) while the Ravens are dressed in white jerseys and white pants this evening.

Left guard Ben Grubbs is active tonight for the first time since Week 1 when he played against the Steelers in Baltimore. There is no official word whether he’ll start, but the Ravens wouldn’t be required to disclose that information since he is already listed as the starter on the depth chart.

Here are tonight’s inactives …

Baltimore
WR Tandon Doss
CB Chykie Brown
RB Anthony Allen
TE Kris Wilson
LB Sergio Kindle
WR Lee Evans
LB Dannell Ellerbe

Pittsburgh
LB LaMarr Woodley
WR Emmanuel Sanders
G Doug Legursky
LB James Farrior
QB Dennis Dixon
OT Jamon Meredith
NT Chris Hoke

 

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