Ryan Clark cleared to practice, expects to play

AP

Steelers safety Ryan Clark suffered his second concussion in three weeks against the Chiefs on Monday night, but it looks like he’ll be in the lineup against the Ravens on Sunday night.

Clark went through a full practice on Thursday, putting him on track to play this week. It’s not guaranteed, since there are still tests mandated by the league’s concussion protocol that Clark must pass to get cleared to play in the game, something Clark acknowledged while saying he will be in uniform come the opening kickoff.

“I’m playing,” Clark said, via Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “But I’ve only pushed myself one day. I have to go back out there and push myself again.”

Robinson also reports that Clark was wearing a new, oversized helmet during practice. He’ll likely wear it during the game as well in hopes of limiting the chances of another concussion that could force him out of the lineup again. With Troy Polamalu still out, the Steelers could ill afford losing Clark for any extended period of time and still expect to perform at a high level defensively.