With the Ravens establishing themselves as the number one seed in the AFC, they only have pride to play for as they matchup against the Steelers this Sunday, who need a win if they want to remain in playoff contention. As a result, the Ravens will rest a number of their starters. Here is the Ravens’ injury report:
RAVENS INJURY REPORT VS STEELERS— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) December 27, 2019
RB Mark Ingram (calf)
TE Mark Andrews (ankle)
S Earl Thomas (knee/hand)
CB Marcus Peters (chest)
CB Jimmy Smith (groin)
WR Hollywood Brown (illness)
Thomas, Lamar Jackson, Marshal Yanda and Brandon Williams won’t play Sunday.
With Mark Ingram straining his calf in last week’s win over the Browns, the team will utilize their bye week that comes with being the top seed in the AFC and rest players like Ingram, who will be essential for the Ravens moving forward as they gear up for a playoff run.
At the same time, despite FS Earl Thomas III being listed as questionable, he will also sit for Sunday's game due to his injuries, according to Coach Harbaugh that is.
TE Mark Andrews’ only practice this week came today as he practiced in a limited capacity. Andrews’ game day status is unknown.
Cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Jimmy Smith, both dealing with their respective injuries, are both listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Peters practiced on a limited basis in Thursday's practice and practiced fully in Friday's practice. Smith practiced in a limited capacity both Thursday and Friday. Even if both players are listed as active for Sunday’s game, the Ravens’ secondary has enough depth to give starters Peters and Smith a rest.
The Steelers will also be missing a couple of their star players. Here are the Steelers’ injuries:
The Steelers have officially ruled James Conner and Maurkice Pouncey OUT for Sunday's game. Neither practiced all week. Everyone else was a full go, including Steve Nelson and Joe Haden, who each missed a day of practice with a groin injury and foot... https://t.co/sBWn4TQAxJ— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) December 27, 2019
After being unable to practice throughout this week, both C Maurkice Pouncey and RB James Conner have already been ruled out for Sunday's divisional matchup.
Besides Pouncey and Conner, the Steelers appear to be at nearly full strength with nobody else listed on the report.
Catch the Ravens this Sunday in Baltimore at 4:25 as the Ravens look to end the Steelers’ playoff hopes.