While the Steelers’ injury problems are well documented — Willie Parker, LaMarr Woodley, Ben Roethlisberger — Baltimore has injury problems of its own. In the same week, the Ravens will place two defensive backs on injured reserve, ending their season.
Ravens safety Dawan Landry has a spinal cord contusion that will land him on injured reserve as early as Monday. Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister will have season-ending surgery on his right knee in Miami early this week.
“He expressed to me that he felt like it was in his best interest,” said Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. “The knee is a problem because of the position he plays, the change of direction, the things he has to do without a PCL, just wore the knee down. So, he has to get it corrected.”
As for Landry, the Ravens initially thought he would be out four to six weeks once he bruised his spinal cord. But Landry has had a tingling sensation and has been slow to heal, and he and the Ravens are not taking any chances. If there is a bright side to it, the Ravens fully expect Landry to be back next season.