Thanks to an 11-game winning streak, the 13-2 Ravens have locked up the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC, making next Sunday's Week 17 contest against the Steelers essentially meaningless.
With little to play for, the Ravens announced Monday they will rest multiple starters, including quarterback Lamar Jackson next week.
With Jackson in street clothes, Robert Griffin III will start at quarterback for the Ravens. It will be No. 3's first start since 2016. Head coach John Harbaugh said rookie Trace McSorley could play, too.
Coach Harbaugh confirms Lamar Jackson, Marshal Yanda, Brandon Williams, Mark Ingram and Earl Thomas will not play Sunday. pic.twitter.com/7wVoflXJjX— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 23, 2019
Guard Marshal Yanda, safety Earl Thomas, defensive tackle Brandon Williams and running back Mark Ingram will all be sidelined as well.
While the other four players resting are healthy, Ingram suffered a calf strain during the Ravens Week 16 victory over the Browns. Harbaugh said that the team hopes Ingram will be ready to return to action in two weeks.
With Super Bowl aspirations, the Ravens are making the safe decision to put the healthiest roster they can on the field when they play in the divisional round of the playoffs.
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