Slowly but surely the Baltimore Ravens depth chart as a whole is starting to get healthy after a Week 8 open date. Only three players are listed out but they do cause some concern among the starters against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil (foot) has been marked out, as has inside linebacker Kamalei Correa (thigh), leaving the pass rush department a little wounded. Dumervil has played in just two games this season and has just 45 snaps to his name, so it’s back to usual operations but the defense is thirsty to get Dumervil back. He has 32.5 sacks the past three seasons in Baltimore and has two Pro Bowl appearances that would bolster the pass rush.
Two other linebackers’ status is in question with Terrell Suggs (bicep) and C.J. Moseley (thigh) but listed as questionable.
Mosley has missed the past two games with his injury but has been a vital player during his five active games. Suggs missed virtually all of last season and his missed one game this year, but in six games he has five sacks. Without him, the responsibility falls on Za’Darius Smith to pick up the pace and grab his first sack of the season.
Joining Dumervil and Correa on the sideline is tight end Crockett Gilmore (thigh). He has mostly been replaced by a healthy Dennis Pitta in the passing game, but Gilmore’s presence as a blocker is difficult to replace.
Wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. (ankle) has been marked questionable after missing the past two games. Before his injury, he was leading the Ravens with 27 receptions for 310 yards.