Scott Brown at the Trib reports that defensive end Aaron Smith will be out against the Ravens. This comes as no surprise – Smith was listed as doubtful, and although the goal since he was injured back in October was to get him back in time for the later part of the season or the playoffs, there have never really been the positive signs that might indicate that would actually happen. Smith had an MRI on his triceps today, but it doesn’t sound like it matters what the results are – he won’t play in either case.
Coach Mike Tomlin sounds hopeful that Smith will be ready this week if the Steelers beat the Ravens, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. It’s a shame – it would have been great to have him back.
In other injury news, Troy Polamalu and Bryant McFadden are both listed as probable. There is every indication that Polamalu will play, and both he and McFadden fully participated in practice on Thursday.