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Polamalu doesn’t practice on Wednesday

Ray Rice, Troy Polamalu

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (43) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)


Steelers safety Troy Polamalu missed a couple of late-season games due to an ankle injury. With the AFC division-round game only three days away, Polamalu also missed practice, due to the ankle.

Cornerback Bryant McFadden (abdomen) and defensive end Aaron Smith (triceps) practiced on a limited basis.

For the Ravens, center Matt Birk missed practice with a knee injury. Receiver Donte’ Stallworth was out for the day with an illness.

Cornerback Chris Carr practiced on a limited basis with a thigh injury. Linebacker Tavares Gooden (shoulder) and safety Tom Zbikowski (back) fully participated in practice.

The Ravens and Steelers play on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET. Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco joins PFT Live on Thursday at 12:10 p.m. ET.