Skip to main content

Ravens Announce 5 Key Players Won't Play vs. Steelers

Lamar Jackson dropping back for a pass for the Baltimore Ravens.

CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 22: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens rolls out to pass during the second half of a game against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center on December 22, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

With the No. 1 seed in the AFC and home field advantage already wrapped up, the Baltimore Ravens will use Week 17 as a chance to rest several critical players.

Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh announced moments ago that quarterback Lamar Jackson, offensive guard Marshal Yanda, running back Mark Ingram, defensive tackle Brandon Williams and safety Earl Thomas will all sit out against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Robert Griffin III will start in place of Jackson. It will be the first start for the onetime No. 2 overall pick since the 2016 season when he played for the Cleveland Browns.

While the Ravens might not need a win this weekend, the Steelers absolutely have to have one. They also need some help elsewhere. If Pittsburgh (8-7) beats the Ravens, they will need the Tennessee Titans to lose to the Houston Texans in order to make the playoffs. The Titans are also 8-7, but they control their own destiny in a win-and-in situation. he Oakland Raiders also have a slim chance at a Wild Card berth, but will need considerable dominoes to fall their way in order to achieve it. You can find the full list of AFC playoff scenarios below.

Ravens-Steelers will kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS.