Ravens coach Brian Billick remains noncommittal about playing Sanders, but acknowledged the progress for the former Arizona Cardinals' standout.
Doubtful connotates a 25-percent chance of playing, though.
"He's jumping well, moving well and has a little trouble going to his right," Billick said. "We'll have to see for this week. He would be a great addition for us."
COMEBACK TRAIL: Although he'll likely play sparingly behind Ethan Brooks at right tackle, Orlando Brown is enthused about his first actual NFL game since a penalty flag hit him in the eye three years ago.
"I'm going to be hyped up," Brown said. "I wish I was starting, but it ain't my decision. I guess since I haven't played a whole game in so long they want to take their time to build my endurance up."
Brown said his knee feels fine, quipping that he might see action on defense, too.
Both Smith and Porter didn't practice on Thursday.
Cornerback Tom Knight (hamstring) and center Casey Rabach (knee) are questionable. Knight said he feels better, but isn't certain of his availability.
QUOTABLE: Ravens reserve quarterback Anthony Wright on playing against the team that signed him as an undrafted free agent out of college: "The Steelers are actually the first place that gave me a chance and, hopefully, I can go back there with a victory."
QUICK HIT: Because of heavy rain, the Ravens shifted their afternoon practice to M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday.
"Fortunately, it doesn't take us long to go downtown," Billick said. "They'll probably get a nice nap going down, so it's not all bad."
Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.