Ravens rule out Evans, Ellerbe; Steelers’ Harrison likely to play

November 04, 2011 | Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — After many questions on the injury report for both the Ravens and the Steelers, Friday brought some clarity to the anticipated rematch between the hated rivals set to take place on Sunday night.

After practicing on a limited basis all week, Ben Grubbs was listed as questionable in what appears to be his best chance to return since the left guard last played in the regular-season opener against Pittsburgh. The Ravens would certainly like to see Grubbs’ return to reunite their starting offensive line for the first time since Sept. 11.

“I would like to say I’m a game-time decision, but it’s up to the coaches — whatever they decide,” Grubbs said. “I know that they want me out there and I want to be out there and the team wants me out there, but the last thing I want to do is hurt the team. [Andre Gurode] has been doing a great job, and we’ve been winning with him. I guess we’ll know come Sunday at 8:30.”

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After practicing for the first time all week on Friday, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was listed as probable after working a limited basis. Ngata has been dealing with a thigh injury sustained in the Ravens’ 30-27 win over Arizona last week.

While there’s little doubt on the Pro Bowl defensive lineman’s status for the battle of Heinz Field, coach John Harbaugh still expressed concern in his comments to the media following Friday’s practice.

“I’ll feel good about it on Sunday if he’s playing,” Harbaugh said. “That’s when you’ll feel good about it. He did more today; it’s nothing real serious or anything like that. But, he’s fighting through it. It’s just kind of a mid-season type deal.”

Not surprisingly, the Ravens ruled out wide receiver Lee Evans and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe after neither practiced all week. Return specialist David Reed, running back Anthony Allen, and cornerback Chykie Brown are all listed as questionable.

Plenty of mystery has surrounded three of Pittsburgh’s starting linebackers this week, but the Steelers officially ruled out LaMarr Woodley with a hamstring injury. However, despite saying on his Twitter page he would not play earlier in the week, former AP Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison is listed as probable. He has not played since fracturing the orbital bone surrounding his right eye on Oct. 2.

Linebacker James Farrior and veteran receiver Hines Ward are both listed as questionable for Sunday night.

OUT – LB Dannell Ellerbe (thigh), WR Lee Evans (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE – RB Anthony Allen (thigh), CB Chykie Brown (knee), G Ben Grubbs (toe), WR/RS David Reed (knee)
PROBABLE – C Matt Birk (neck), CB Danny Gorrer (thigh), DT Haloti Ngata (thigh)

OUT – G Doug Legursky (toe), WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee), LB LaMarr Woodley (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE – LB James Farrior (calf), P Daniel Sepulveda (R knee), WR Hines Ward (ankle)
PROBABLE – LB James Harrison (eye), T Jonathan Scott (ankle)