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Jameel McClain Active vs. Steelers


Jameel McClain's return to the field is official.

The Ravens inside linebacker is active and will play Sunday versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, his first game in more than 10 months after suffering a spinal cord contusion.

It's not a surprise considering McClain was activated to the team's 53-man roster Saturday after being cleared by doctors and practicing fully throughout the week.

There is no announcement from the team on whether he will start in place of Josh Bynes, who was ruled out after having thumb surgery because of an infection.

The Ravens will likely use both McClain and rookie second-round pick Arthur Brown at Will linebacker.

Two of the Ravens' best defensive pieces, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (elbow) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (thigh), are also both active. They were both questionable to play and limited in practice this week.

Baltimore also activated cornerback Chykie Brown (thigh), linebacker Albert McClellan (shoulder) and linebacker Courtney Upshaw (foot).

Center/guard Ryan Jensen (foot) and nose tackle Terrence Cody (knee) were unable to go after being ruled questionable. They join Bynes, guard/tackle Jah Reid, defensive end DeAngelo Tyson, wide receiver Brandon Stokley and tackle Bryant McKinnie as Baltimore's other inactives.

It's the second straight game McKinnie is inactive and Stokley (thigh) hasn't played since Week 3 against Houston.

The Steelers will play without top draft pick and pass rusher Jarvis Jones. Jones suffered a concussion in Week 6 against the Jets and was questionable to play. That will hinder a Pittsburgh pass rush that already isn't very strong with just seven sacks this season.

Pittsburgh's other inactives are No. 3 cornerback Curtis Brown, wide receiver Markus Wheaton, running back Isaac Redman, quarterback Landry Jones, tight end Richard Gordon and defensive tackle Hebron Fangupo.

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