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Ravens Insider: Ravens rule out 6 players for Saturday’s regular-season finale vs. Steelers; 6 others questionable


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To say the Ravens clinching the top seed in the AFC and the first-round bye in the playoffs with its blowout of the Miami Dolphins on Sunday couldn’t have come at a better time would be an understatement.

Baltimore has ruled out six players, including quarterback Lamar Jackson, for Saturday afternoon’s regular-season finale against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers, while another six are questionable. Some of those moves were the decision of coach John Harbaugh, given that the outcome of Saturday’s game is meaningless for the Ravens, who will start backup quarterback Tyler Huntley and rest Jackson for the divisional round.

Of note, five players listed as questionable are defensive backs: cornerbacks Brandon Stephens (ankle), Arthur Maulet (hip) and Ronald Darby (illness) and safeties Kyle Hamilton (knee) and Ar’Darius Washington (pectoral).

Cornerback Marlon Humphrey (calf), safety Daryl Worley (shoulder/ankle) and outside linebacker Malik Harrison (groin) will not play, likely leaving cornerbacks Rock Ya-Sin and Damarion “Pepe” Williams and safeties Marcus Williams and Geno Stone to lead a shorthanded secondary.

On offense, the Ravens will be without wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (rest/coach’s decision). Rookie receiver Zay Flowers (calf) is doubtful, while special teams standout and reserve wideout Tylan Wallace (knee) is questionable. Right guard Kevin Zeitler (knee/quad/coach’s decision) is out.

Flowers did not practice all week, while Wallace was limited.

For the Steelers, safeties Minkah Fitzpatrick (knee) and Trenton Thompson (neck) are questionable, as is linebacker Elandon Roberts (pectoral), though Roberts told reporters Thursday that he would play. All three players practiced on a limited basis this week.

Also limited Thursday were outside linebacker T.J. Watt (rest) and defensive tackle Cameron Heyward (groin), though neither has an injury designation and both are expected to play. Linebacker Myles Jack (personal) and left guard Isaac Seumalo (shoulder) missed practice Thursday but both are also expected to suit up.

While the Ravens have nothing to play for but pride, the Steelers are still fighting for a playoff berth. Pittsburgh clinches a spot with the following scenarios:

Steelers win + Bills loss OR
Steelers win + Jaguars loss or tie OR
Steelers win + Texans-Colts tie OR
Steelers tie + Jaguars loss + Texans-Colts doesn’t end in tie OR
Jaguars loss + Broncos win + Texans-Colts doesn’t end in tie

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