BALTIMORE -- Quarterback Jimmy Clausen has gone from starter to inactive, as the Ravens confirmed Ryan Mallett will be the starter against the Steelers on Sunday and Matt Schaub will be the backup.
Mallett will be the fourth different starting quarterback for the Ravens this year, something that has never happened in the team's 20-year history. Mallett was signed earlier this month but was inactive last week in his first game with the Ravens.
Clausen, who started the past two games for the Ravens, is a game-day inactive, along with receiver Marlon Brown, running back Terrence Magee, linebacker Albert McClellan, defensive backs Jumal Rolle and Jermaine Whitehead, and defensive lineman Kapron Lewis-Moore.
With Magee inactive, the Ravens appear ready to once again give rookie running back Buck Allen a large role; he was benched last game after his second fumble in as many weeks, but coach John Harbaugh had suggested that the benching would not carry over to this Sunday.
Cornerback Jimmy Smith, who left last week's game with a thigh injury, was listed as probable and is active and expected to start, one positive sign for the undermanned Ravens against the Steelers potent passing attack.
For the Steelers, former Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones is inactive. He has essentially been benched because of fumbling problems. Also inactive is quarterback Mike Vick, who started against the Ravens in Week 4 with Ben Roethlisberger out with a knee injury. The Ravens won that contest, 23-20, in overtime.
The Steelers other inactives include receiver Sammie Coates, running back Jordan Todman, linebacker Anthony Chickillo, offensive tackle Byron Stingily and defensive end L.T. Walton.
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