Injury Report Favors Baltimore Ravens for Thanksgiving Showdown with Pittsburgh Steelers

By jeffreykryglik
Jason Bridge – USA TODAY Sports

The injury report is thinner than usual for the Thanksgiving Day contest between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

For the Ravens, the list is just two players. Safety Brynden Trawick is out for Thursday’s game with an ankle injury. Defensive end Chris Canty is bothered by a shoulder injury but is listed as probable and will likely play for Baltimore.

The Steelers have a larger list and will likely be without one of their big name players. Linebacker LaMarr Woodley is listed as doubtful with a calf injury and was limited in the short week of practice. It would be surprising if Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin gives him the green light to play, despite it being Ravens-Steelers. Defensive tackle Steve McLendon is out for Thursday’s contest with an ankle injury. Offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle), defensive end Brett Keisel (foot), tight end Heath Miller (not injury related), safety Troy Polamalu (not injury related), linebacker Stevenson Sylvester and safety Shamarko Thomas (ankle) are all listed as probable for Thursday night’s rivalry game.

Baltimore’s most intriguing storyline, aside from a rather slim injury list, has to be the status of injured tight end Dennis Pitta. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh hasn’t tipped his hand in terms of whether or not he will activate Pitta from the injured-reserve list, but he has said the 28-year-old has looked better and is improving in practice. It is possible that he could play, but if not tomorrow more than likely after a 10-day rest period between the Steelers game and their next game at home against the Minnesota Vikings.

Keep in mind, the Ravens have just 21 days from last Wednesday to activate Pitta or else he must remain on the injured-reserve list. That being said, if Baltimore didn’t feel like he could play they probably wouldn’t have practiced him there in the first place.

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