Notes on the Ravens

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh held his Monday press conference at the team's training facility following their 17-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Here are some notes on the Ravens:

  • There was no definitive information on the playing status of left tackle Michael Oher (knee sprain), fullback Le'Ron McClain (ankle) and safety Dawan Landry (concussion) this week. Of the three, McClain's injury appears to be the most serious. Both Oher and Landry said Sunday night that they will play against Pittsburgh.

"Some of our running backs can play fullback, so we've got some other options," Harbaugh said if McClain can't play. "When you have a week to prepare for that possibility, we will have some more things up our sleeves."

  • Harbaugh explained that making cornerback Fabian Washington inactive was due to the need for an extra defensive lineman against the Buccaneers. Washington has gone from a starter to a backup to being inactive in several weeks.

  • The Ravens were one of the league's most penalized teams last year, but the infractions have gone down dramatically this season. It's an interesting contrast to the Steelers, who have been flagged heavily, including 24 penalties in the past two games. With the way the NFL has been officiated this year, penalties may play a factor this weekend.

"Our guys have done a really good job and our coaches have done a really good job of emphasizing technique," Harbaugh said compared to last season. "When it comes to the major penalties: Holding, defensive pass inference and personal fouls when it comes to player safety, those are the big ones. Right now we need a lot of pre-snap penalties cleaned up on offense -- that's been our biggest issue."

  • The Ravens are preparing to play against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger despite a foot sprain he suffered Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Baltimore took advantage of Pittsburgh minus Roethlisberger in the previous meeting, and the Ravens feel it's unlikely he would miss this huge game twice in one season.