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OG Essex and NT Hoke both ruled out for Sunday’s AFC North Showdown

The Steelers will miss a piece of their offensive line Sunday, as guard Trai Essex is out for the contest. Essex, who also didn’t play last week vs the Bucs, has not practiced all week and will not play against the Ravens.

An ankle injury will have Essex out Sunday, and he will be replaced again by Doug Legursky, a former undrafted free agent who stepped in and played well vs Tampa Bay a week ago. Legursky will need a big day vs the Ravens, as the Steelers will need to run vs the Ravens to soften it up for Charlie Batch to go downfield.

Another player out for Sunday is NT Chris Hoke, who is out with a sprained right knee. He missed practice for the third day in a row Friday.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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