OWINGS MILLS – Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he planned to play starters and veterans Week 17 against the Bengals, despite being out of the playoff hunt.
“We’re going (to Cincinnati) to win the game,” Harbaugh said at his Monday press conference. “We’re going to play our guys. Everybody who’s healthy will go play.
“I think the whole point is, you try to do the best you can. You always try to do the best you can. You try to win. We talked about it in the locker room after the (Steelers) game. That’s what I’m pointing toward is the next game. You want to go win it. We do want to be 9-7. It is important. It’s important to have one more win. I don’t care what the record is, we want to go win the game.”
Sunday could be the last NFL game for Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., expected to retire at age 37. Smith has already posted an emotional message on Instagram about winding down his career.
“For Steve, it’s going to be a big deal for him,” Harbaugh said. “But he’s been that way all year. I think he’ll approach it the same way he has all year. He’s a pro. It’ll be very meaningful, certainly. How could it not be?”
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