LaMarr Woodley back sacking quarterbacks

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LaMarr Woodley has already equaled his sack output from last season (four), and a return to health is the biggest reason the Steelers' outside linebacker is registering quarterback takedowns on a consistent basis.

It has been a long road back for Woodley, who had been on a tear in 2011 before injuring his hamstring in a win over the Patriots. Hamstring issues aren’t all that slowed Woodley in the latter part of 2011 and last season. He was also hampered by a sprained ankle, but linebackers coach Keith Butler has said Woodley is in the best shape of his career, which is why he already has four sacks despite the extra attention teams are paying to him.

Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb can relate to coming back from an injury. Webb is a year removed from tearing an ACL, and he has found that teams are testing him more as he tries to return to Pro Bowl form.

Sunday will be a homecoming for Ravens offensive lineman A.Q. Shipley, who played his high school ball in suburban Pittsburgh, starred at Penn State and spent time on the Steelers’ practice squad.

Shipley offers a perspective of the Ravens-Steelers rivalry from both sides while Steelers cornerback William Gay offers his thoughts on what makes the game such a special one.