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    Starting right guard David DeCastro and right tackle Marcus Gilbert both practiced in full this week after missing the team's first win Monday at Tampa Bay because of injury."I feel really good ," DeCastro said. "I'm just looking forward to getting back out there."DeCastro broke a bone in his right hand during the season opener at Cleveland and missed the previous two games against Kansas City and Tampa Bay. Gilbert missed Monday's game against the Buccaneers with a hamstring injury. Both were full participants in practice this week."That's behind me now," Gilbert said. "It's just a little hiccup, but that's the case with injuries. I had to do whatever I had to do to get back out on the field."DeCastro said Friday the swelling is subsiding and strength is returning in his injured hand. He also said he plans to wear a protective brace on his hand during Sunday's game for preventive measures.DeCastro sustained a significant knee injury, causing him to miss most of his rookie season in 2012, but the two-time All-Pro has been durable ever since. He followed it by starting 79 of the next 81 games, including a streak of 71 starts that was the longest among active NFL guards at the time."I've been pretty lucky the past couple years," DeCastro said. "I did everything I could to get back to this point and now here I am, so we'll go from there."Gilbert has missed 12 games the previous two seasons after starting 44 of 48. Gilbert planned to test his injured hamstring last week against Tampa Bay in pregame warmups Baltimore Ravens T-Shirt , but heavy rains kept him sidelined."I would never know if I could've gone out there and tried, but the rain prohibited it," Gilbert said.B.J. Finney and Matt Feiler filled in while DeCastro and Gilbert were out.Finney made consecutive starts against Kansas City and Tampa Bay at right guard, the eighth and ninth of his career. Feiler started at tackle, his second NFL start and first at the position since the 2013 NCAA Division II playoffs when he was a senior at Bloomsburg University."They did everything that was expected of them," Gilbert said. "Those guys are starter-capable guys. You can't call them backups. We have a lot of depth in our room, so that's expected of us."Finney and Feiler helped Ben Roethlisberger earn AFC offensive player of the week honors after the Steelers quarterback threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns against Tampa Bay."It was fun watching them in prime time and seeing them get some playing time," DeCastro said. "They went out there Baltimore Ravens Hats , they proved themselves and we got a win, so I'm happy for them."Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster also said Friday he expects to play after managing an abdomen injury this week. He said the injury initially happened in the first half of the Steelers' loss against Kansas City two weeks ago.Smith-Schuster did not practice Wednesday and he was limited Thursday before working out in full on Friday. The second-year receiver ranks fifth in the league with 356 receiving yards and a touchdown through three games."This year, I'm out here, I know what to do, where to go and I know all the positions," Smith-Schuster said. "Having that chemistry with (Roethlisberger) and a lot of the guys the past few games, it's very fun for me to be out there right now."NOTES: Two defensive starters were listed as doubtful: S Morgan Burnett with a groin injury, CB Mike Hilton with a hyperextended elbow. Both worked in limited capacity on Thursday Baltimore Ravens Hoodie , but did not practice Friday. Burnett practiced in full on Wednesday. The Los Angeles Rams continue to be box office gold for the NFL.The Rams are off to a 3-0 start after handling the Chargers 35-23 in an all-LA matchup on Sunday.They also are the unanimous top team in the latest AP Pro32 poll .The Rams received all 12 first-place votes and 384 points in balloting Tuesday by media members who regularly cover the NFL.They open Week 4 by hosting the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night in a matchup of NFC powerhouses."Jared Goff is looking like a Pro Bowl quarterback under wunderkind coach Sean McVay, and the Rams are looking like a Super Bowl contender after a splendid early season run," said Newsday's Bob Glauber.The unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs moved up two spots to No. 2. The Chiefs close out Week 4 with a prime-time matchup at Denver against the Broncos on Monday night."Patrick Mahomes has been a revelation, but the Chiefs get the second spot behind the Rams because of their porous defense, which is yielding more than 30 points and 474 yards per game," said Jenny Vrentas of The Monday Morning Quarterback.The Philadelphia Eagles continued to bounce around the top 10 in the poll. The Eagles were No. 2 after the first week of the regular season. They fell to No. 7 after losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but rose to No. 3 after edging the Indianapolis Colts 20-16 in Carson Wentz's first game since December, when he tore two ligaments in his knee.The Jacksonville Jaguars dropped two places to No. 4 after their field goal-filled 9-6 loss to AFC South rival Tennessee.Led by Drew Brees, the New Orleans jumped 10 spots to No. 5 after topping the Atlanta Falcons 43-37 in overtime."As Drew Brees closes in on the NFL record book Customized Baltimore Ravens Jerseys , it appears New Orleans has recovered nicely from that Week 1 stunner vs. Tampa Bay," said Ira Kaufman of Fox 13 in Tampa, Florida.The Miami Dolphins, who are off to a surprising 3-0 start, also made a major move. The AFC East leaders moved up seven places to No. 6. The Dolphins face another big test this week when they travel to Foxborough to face the suddenly slumping Patriots, who have lost two in a row and fell five spots to No. 10.The Patriots have overcome slow starts before and still reached the Super Bowl, and they now have three consecutive home games to try to make up ground in the division.Another team making a big climb was the Carolina Panthers, who jumped five spots to No. 7 after defeating Cincinnati 31-21."Found a running game ," Fox Sports' John Czarnecki said of the Panthers, who finished with 230 rushing yards in the victory. Christian McCaffrey led the way with a career-high 184 yards.The Vikings went in the opposite direction as they dropped five spots to No. 8 after getting routed at home by Buffalo 27-6.And the Baltimore Ravens regained their footing as they climbed seven spots to No. 9 after handling the Broncos 27-14.The Ravens have a key game in Week 4 as they head to Pittsburgh on Sunday night to face the Steelers in one of the NFL's fiercest rivalries.