The Ravens’ rugged defense could be without one of its top playmakers Sunday. And it’s not LB Terrell Suggs.
CB Samari Rolle, who made an interception during last week’s divisional-round victory over the Titans, hasn’t practiced all week because of a thigh injury and was listed Friday as doubtful for the AFC Championship Game against the Steelers. Rolle didn’t play in the first regular-season meeting with Pittsburgh because of an injury, but he made a season-high five tackles in the second game.
Suggs, who also didn’t practice all week because of a shoulder injury, is listed as questionable. He hasn’t missed a game in his six-year NFL career and was emotional Thursday while discussing the prospect of sitting out the AFC Championship Game. His arm was in a sling, and he’ll likely be a game-time decision.
Ravens WR Derrick Mason also missed the team’s practices this week and is questionable to play.
The Steelers’ injury report was small in comparison, with S Troy Polamalu (calf) and C Justin Hartwig (knee) listed as probable. Both fully participated in practice Friday.
Ravens’ injury report
OUT: LB Antwan Barnes (shoulder).
DOUBTFUL: CB Samari Rolle (thigh).
QUESTIONABLE: DT Justin Bannan (foot), WR Mark Clayton (thigh), TE Todd Heap (back), LB Jarret Johnson (calf), WR Derrick Mason (knee), FB Le’Ron McClain (ankle)
LB Terrell Suggs (shoulder).
PROBABLE: LB Ray Lewis (shoulder), FB Lorenzo Neal (shoulder), S Ed Reed (knee).
Steelers’ injury report
PROBABLE: C Justin Hartwig (knee), S Troy Polamalu (calf).