In a rare positive piece of injury news this season, rookie defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan's season is not over.
Jernigan suffered a foot injury late in Sunday's game against Cleveland and was carted off the field. But after being evaluated, the injury is not serious and Jernigan has a chance to play in Saturday's wild-card game in Pittsburgh, says Head Coach John Harbaugh.
"It's not a Lisfranc [injury], so there's an opportunity possibly for him to get back Saturday night," Harbaugh said. "It will be close, it will be tough, but if he responds really well in the next two days, he actually could get back and play."
If Jernigan can play, he would join forces with defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who is returning from a four-game suspension.
With Ngata returning, the Ravens now have some depth on their defensive line that could help cover for Jernigan if he can't suit up.
Jernigan has had a strong rookie campaign, especially since stepping in for Ngata.
The Florida State product, who missed four games earlier this season with a knee injury, has 23 tackles and four sacks. He started the final three games in place of Ngata and recorded 10 tackles and two sacks.
In other injury news, the Ravens also could return left tackle Eugene Monroe to the field. Monroe missed the regular-season finale due to an ankle injury.
Harbaugh said there's a chance Monroe will suit up against the Steelers.
"It's at least 50-50," Harbaugh said. "We'll be pulling for that, but we'll see how it goes. I thought James [Hurst] played well. I really don't see a problem with James playing in there at all either. It's a real plus for us."
Hurst, an undrafted rookie, started his fifth game of the season in place of Monroe and received positive grades from Pro Football Focus (PFF). Hurst didn't allow a quarterback hit or hurry and received a positive-1.4 grade in pass protection.