The Ravens surprisingly cut defensive end Trevor Pryce and re-signed reserve safety Ken Hamlin on Wednesday.
But Pryce's release is considered only a temporary one. There is a "high possibility" that the team's sacks leader from a year ago will return, coach John Harbaugh said.
"Trevor is a valuable part of this team," Harbaugh said. "He'll be back with us."
Pryce, 35, who recorded 6 1/2 sacks last season, took a $2.5 million paycut this offseason to remain with the team. A strong leader in the locker room, he had started 42 games for the Ravens before being replaced in the starting lineup in the middle of last season.
"You have roster issues that you deal with," Harbaugh said. "That's not something we wanted to do. Trevor is a big part of what we're doing here. We anticipate getting him back. That's what we had to do for now."
The Ravens likely made the move because Hamlin figures to make more of an impact than Pryce in Sunday's game at Pittsburgh.
Because the Steelers are a run-oriented team without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the Ravens will likely go with more run stoppers at Pittsburgh. Pryce typically plays in passing situations.
Hamlin, a former Pro Bowl safety, will likely run on most of the Ravens' special teams Sunday. When he was cut a week ago, Hamlin said that he has talked with Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome about "different options."
"It's business, so it's another day of work," Hamlin said. "I'm glad to be back, glad to be back with this organization."
This probably won't be a one-game cameo for Hamlin.
"He figures into our plans the rest of the year," Harbaugh said.
Baltimore Sun reporter Don Markus contributed to this article.