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Steelers Injury Report: On a short week, Ryan Shazier's return looks doubtful

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Ben Roethlisberger is officially out for the upcoming game against the Baltimore Ravens, and as game day approaches it looks as if Ryan Shazier's return to the lineup is doubtful as well.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers took their time releasing their Tuesday injury report, and after 7:00 p.m. EDT it finally came through the wire. The news wasn't good for the black and gold as there were players who seem to be destined to join Ben Roethlisberger on the sideline during the short week as the Baltimore Ravens come to Pittsburgh for Thursday Night Football.

At Tuesday's workout, Ryan Shazier (shoulder), Daniel McCullers (knee) and Matt Spaeth (hand) did not participate in practice. Such news makes all three extremely doubtful to suit up on Thursday night. The loss of McCullers and Shazier won't alter the defensive lineup which held the St. Louis Rams to 6 points on Sunday. Sean Spence will fill in for Shazier and Cam Thomas will spell Steve McLendon at nose tackle if need be, but the loss of Spaeth would result in rookie tight end Jesse James getting a helmet on game day for the first time in 2015.

Cortez Allen (knee) was limited in practice for the second straight day, and will be considered a game-time decision vs. the Ravens, but the team got good news when James Harrison (thumb) was a full participant at practice making his return to the lineup a certainty barring a setback between now and Thursday night.

For the Ravens, the following players didn't participate in Tuesday's workout leaving their participation a game-time decision: DE Chris Canty (calf), TE Crockett Gillmore (calf) and WR Breshad Perriman (knee). T Eugene Monroe (concussion) was the only limited participant for the Ravens Tuesday.

The Steelers host the Ravens Thursday night for an 8:00 p.m. EDT kickoff.