OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens have listed wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and linebacker C.J. Mosley as questionable, but both are expected to play against Pittsburgh on Sunday night.
Having suffered a “stinger” in each of the last two games, Mosley missed practice with a neck issue on Wednesday before participating fully the rest of the week, leaving little doubt about his availability. Maclin missed Thursday’s practice with what was listed as a back injury, but he was a full practice participant on Friday.
Head coach John Harbaugh didn’t want to confirm directly that Maclin would play, but he made it apparent that the starting wide receiver would be on the field against the Steelers.
“I prefer not to say. But in Jeremy’s case, I’m not worried about it,” Harbaugh said. “We give guys rest all the time this time of year. I know a lot gets made out of it. You know if guys are injured. If guys are getting rest, they’re getting rest. It’s pretty normal this time of year.”
Baltimore officially listed outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith as doubtful after he missed practices all week with a shoulder injury. It’s unclear when Smith hurt his shoulder as he played 32 defensive snaps in the win over Detroit last Sunday.
With Smith not expected to play, the Ravens will lean more heavily on rookies Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams to back up starters Terrell Suggs and Matthew Judon. The 2017 Day 2 draft picks have played infrequently on defense with Bowser picking up two sacks and Williams still looking for his first quarterback takedown in the NFL.
“I think they’re all top-level guys. It’s a deep position for us,” Harbaugh said. “Whoever is out there, we expect them to play at a really high level, and they’re going to have to. Holding the edge on this run game and getting to Ben [Roethlisberger] is going to be really important. Those guys drop [into coverage], too; they’re not one-dimensional on our defense.”
The Ravens listed offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor as questionable after he returned to practice this week. He has missed two straight games with a shoulder injury.
Veteran outside linebacker Terrell Suggs received a veteran day off on Friday.
To no surprise, the Steelers officially ruled out cornerback Joe Haden (fibula) as well as linebacker Ryan Shazier (back), who underwent spinal stabilization surgery earlier in the week and is expected to miss the rest of the 2017 season. Safety Mike Mitchell (ankle) practiced fully all week and is expected to make his return after his Week 13 absence.
All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown (toe) wasn’t listed on the final injury report and will play against the Ravens after returning to practice fully on Friday. His toe injury left his status in question last week before he racked up eight catches for 101 yards and a touchdown against Cincinnati.
“It was better today,” Brown told reporters in Pittsburgh. “I was able to go out and work a little bit today, and I’m grateful for it.”
According to Weather.com, the Sunday night forecast in Pittsburgh calls for cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 30s with winds up to 13 miles per hour and only a slight chance of precipitation.
Below is the final injury report of the week:
DOUBTFUL: LB Za’Darius Smith (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE: OL Jermaine Eluemunor (shoulder), WR Jeremy Maclin (back), LB C.J. Mosley (neck)
OUT: CB Joe Haden (fibula), LB Tyler Matakevich (shoulder), LB Ryan Shazier (back)
QUESTIONABLE: S Mike Mitchell (ankle)