Josh Bynes out Sunday after finger surgery

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The Ravens installed Josh Bynes as one of their starting inside linebackers this season after the departures of Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe and they’ve been rewarded with strong play from the third-year veteran.

They won’t have Bynes as part of the group trying to stop the Steelers on Sunday, however. Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that Bynes will miss Week Seven after having surgery on his finger. Bynes, who hasn’t practiced this week, has an infection in the finger that’s been treated with antibiotics, but the treatment obviously wasn’t working to anyone’s satisfaction.

Arthur Brown will replace Bynes in the starting lineup. The second-round pick told Wilson that he’s confident he can take advantage of the opportunity provided by Bynes’ injury.

Jameel McClain could also figure into the mix. McClain returned to practice this week after spending the first six weeks on the physically unable to perform list and has been a full participant at each session. Harbaugh termed his status as “wait and see,” but it probably won’t be long until McClain is ready to make a full return to the lineup as well.