The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens happen to share the same bye week right before the two will meet in a pivotal AFC North matchup. It’s a time for both wounded clubs to heal their ailing players.
So far, at least, it looks like the Ravens will be on that path. Coach John Harbaugh told reporters Wednesday he expects close to all of his previously injured players to be ready for the Week 9 matchup with the Steelers, the Baltimore Sun reported.
In the 24-16 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday, the Ravens had seven players inactive: outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil, inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, wide receiver Steve Smith, offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, cornerback Shareece Wright and offensive guard Marshal Yanda.
Through the injuries, the Ravens have stumbled for four straight losses after a 3-0 start. It has placed them in a tie with the Cincinnati Bengals for second to the 4-3 Steelers in the division, but a win next week would pull them back into a tie for first.