As expected, Troy Polamalu and Bryant McFadden are active and both will start. Ravens running back Ray Rice has been battling the flu but is also active.
Ravens center Matt Birk is active along with cornerback Chris Carr. Both will start and were questionable coming into the game.
Rookie Jason Worilds who has been battling a knee injury is not active after practicing this week.
Steelers Inactives: Aaron Smith, Tony Hills, Chris Scott, Jason Worilds, Crezdon Butler and Jonathan Dwyer.
Ravens Inactives: David Reed, Jason Phillips, Tom Zibkowski, Dennis Pitta, LaMar Divens, Davon Drew and Bryan Mattison.
ESPN’s Steelers Trick Play Report: You would think he would know better being an established field reporter for ESPN, but ESPN’s Bob Holtzman is reporting a trick play the Steelers are prepared to employ against the Ravens.
“Two Steelers have told me, if they catch the Ravens in the right defense, they have a trick play ready to go today that they’ve never run before, ” Holtzman said in his report.
The worse part is that Holtzman then went into details of what the play involves.
Holtzman says the play involves a pass thrown by someone (not Randle EL) who usually doesn’t throw the ball, and Holtzman indicates that receiver Randle El will be involved in some way other than throwing the ball down field.
Holtzman says the Steelers will be looking to surprise the Ravens.
It is common knowledge that reporters are to keep their info to themselves when it comes to particular plays the team may be looking to run.
Keisel named to Pro Bowl: Defensive end Brett Keisel has been named to the pro bowl. He will replace Dwight Freeney.