Ravens rule out linebacker Josh Bynes

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens starting inside linebacker Josh Bynes was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers after he needed surgery on an infected finger, coach John Harbaugh announced Friday.

Bynes cut his finger last week, and it got infected after he played in last Sunday's game. He was hospitalized Tuesday night but returned to the team the next day. There was hope Bynes would play in Sunday's game in Pittsburgh, but he didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday.

"Then last night, the infection kind of beat the antibiotics," Harbaugh said. "So he had to get surgery on that finger to get that cleaned out."

Harbaugh indicated Bynes is "doing fine" and it's not major surgery.

"(But) that will preclude him from playing in this game," Harbaugh said.

With Bynes being ruled out, rookie second-round pick Arthur Brown is expected to make his first career start. He's primarily been limited to playing on passing downs.

"I put in the preparation this week and I'm definitely confident," Brown said. "I'm ready to go."

The other factor is the potential return of inside linebacker Jameel McClain, who practiced this week for the first time since suffering a spinal cord contusion 10 months ago. He has had full practices all week, and the team has until Saturday at 4 p.m. to decide whether to activate him from the physically unable to perform list and put him on the 53-man roster.

McClain started the previous three seasons for the Ravens.

Asked if there is any chance of McClain playing against the Steelers, Harbaugh said, "Why don't we just wait and see on that. I'm not prepared to make an announcement on that right now."