Ravens catch a break - Harrison, Woodley won’t play for Pittsburgh

I’ve just now decided to hold my own Halloween costume contest, and I’ve found a winner.

Check out this picture, courtesy of Brendon Ayanbadejo’s Twitter account. That, my friends, is Ravens cornerback Chris Carr dressed up as nose tackle Terrence Cody. As you may or may not be able to tell, Carr is wearing a Jabba the Hut outfit with Cody’s No. 62 jersey over top of it.


Steelers Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison got some bad news yesterday - which, if you’re a Ravens fan, is pretty good news.

Harrison tweeted last night: “Saw the doctor today. Looks like I won’t be playing this weekend but at least I’m cleared for practice.”

Ravens offensive tackles Bryant McKinnie and Michael Oher can breathe a mini sigh of relief.

Harrison has missed the Steelers’ last four games with a fractured orbital bone in his eye. (I maintain that sounds like one of the more painful injuries one can suffer.) The eight-year veteran had hoped to return to the field Sunday night against Baltimore, but it looks like that won’t be happening.

His running mate, linebacker LaMarr Woodley, might also be out Sunday night, as well. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Woodley will not play against the Ravens after suffering a hamstring injury in the Steelers’ win over the Patriots on Sunday.

McKinnie and Oher, breathe another mini sigh of relief.

The Ravens will be catching a huge break if neither Harrison nor Woodley suit up this weekend. Both guys have absolutely tormented the Ravens over their careers (Woodley has 9.5 sacks in 10 career games against Baltimore, including playoffs, while Harrison has nine sacks in 10 total games against his team’s arch rival.)

Baltimore’s offensive line - specifically the left side of the line - has really struggled lately, and opposing teams have gotten a chance to put a beating on Flacco early in games. That unit has done a nice job rebounding mid-game in recent weeks and making adjustments to shore up pass protection, but they’ve allowed big hits on Flacco and more than a few negative plays.

Asked yesterday to assess the offensive line’s recent play and analyze where specifically they’ve had issues lately, head coach John Harbaugh opted not to criticize that group.

“My assessment is that they’ll be ready to play against Pittsburgh, and we’ll be the best offensive line we can be,” Harbaugh said. “They’re capable of playing winning football against Pittsburgh. That’s the only thing you need to assess as a coach. You look at where you can get better, and how specifically, and you try and work on all those things, and you build on the good things.”

I know two good things the Ravens will be able to build on this week - that Harrison and Woodley won’t be in uniform Sunday night.

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