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Steelers Get Little Update on Ravens Plans for Saturday



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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Oct. 8, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

The Steelers still do not have a clear view of what the Ravens will do on Saturday with their starters, largely due to injuries that Baltimore is facing. Kyle Hamilton (knee) and Marlon Humphrey (calf) are just some of the injuries that Baltimore is dealing with that could limit who they sit.

“I have not made a decision on any personnel yet,” Harbaugh said. “We have to work through the injury part of it first, and that will take us 24-48 hours. We’re not going to keep it a secret. We’ll let you know what we’ll do once we start practicing.”

Mike Tomlin said the Steelers do not care what the Ravens do, but they will prepare for the base schematics and general personnel they use, whether Jackson-led or Huntley-led. The variables around the rest of the gameplan will be decided later in the week.

“We prepare for what they’re capable of. We prepare for their best,” Tomlin said. “And so that makes that conversation less significant. We better be prepared to defend the best of them or stop the best of them in a component of what they do is schematics and is not necessarily people. And so we better be ready for the schematic component of what they do. And so that’s not a big deal for us, to be quite honest with you.”

The Steelers opened as 2.5-point favorites when the betting markets for Week 18 were first set on Sunday night. They have since moved to a consensus 3.5-point favorite, with some books favoring the Black and Gold by as many as four points.

The Ravens are the top seed in the AFC, but have already clinched a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, so they have nothing to play for against Pittsburgh.

The Steelers beat the Ravens, 17-10, in Pittsburgh in Week 5. They were 4.5-point underdogs to the Ravens in that game.