The Pittsburgh Steelers are a healthy team heading into their Sunday night game at Heinz Field against the Baltimore Ravens as only two players have been ruled out on the final injury report of the week released Friday afternoon.
Sitting out this weekend, as expected, will be cornerback Ike Taylor (forearm) and safety Ross Ventrone (hamstring). This will be the first game that Ventrone has missed since being promoted from the practice squad prior to the Week 6 game against the Cleveland Browns.
With Ventrone down, safety Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) will dress for the first time since injuring his hamstring back in Week 5 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Thomas is expected to fill Ventrone’s role on special teams after practicing fully all week. He is listed as probable.
Also ending the week listed as probable are tackle Marcus Gilbert (concussion), linebacker Ryan Shazier (knee), nose tackle Steve McLendon (shoulder), tight end Matt Spaeth (hamstring), safety Mike Mitchell (groin), safety Troy Polamalu (not injury related), tight end Heath Miller (not injury related) and defensive end Brett Keisel (not injury related).
Gilbert, who missed the game last Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts with a concussion, is expected to take back over at right tackle against the Ravens after Mike Adams filled in admirably for him during his one game absence.