The Baltimore Ravens released their inactive report for Week 18 vs. the Cincinnati Bengals, and there’s one riveting change at quarterback.
Both Lamar Jackson and Tyler Huntley are listed as inactive on Sunday, which means undrafted free agent and former Oregon quarterback Anthony Brown will get his first start as a Raven.
Jackson still hasn’t participated in practice since suffering his knee injury, and Huntley was limited in practice this week due to a shoulder injury.
While the Bengals have already won the AFC North, this Week 18 matchup carries serious consequences for the Ravens’ playoff seeding: a win — and some help — could see Baltimore bag the No. 5 seed and play the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Wild Card Round.
Based on the inactive report, it appears as though the Ravens are sitting their key starters: running back J.K. Dobbins and tight end Mark Andrews are both healthy scratches.
The Ravens will also be without two crucial members of their secondary, Brandon Stephens and Marcus Peters, so expect the team to lean heavily on Marlon Humphrey and Kevon Seymour in the cornerback unit.
Here’s the full inactive report:
Ravens Week 18 Inactive Report
Guard Kevin Zeitler and defensive tackle Rayshad Nichols are also sidelined this game.
In better news, defensive lineman Calais Campbell is active today after missing the last two games. With a sack today, Campbell could hit the 100-mark for his career.
Several Ravens’ rookies are active for this game, including tight end Charlie Kolar and pass-rusher David Ojabo. Those two haven’t made much of an impact so far this season but could slide into rotational roles in this critical season finale.
Head coach John Harbaugh had previously stated the Ravens plan to treat Week 18 as a competitive game given the playoff implications, yet resting the team’s starters makes a lot of sense heading into the postseason.
A win against the Bengals wouldn’t guarantee anything, as the Ravens still need the Chargers to lose to the Broncos to wrap up the No. 5 seed. As for the No. 3 seed, Baltimore isn’t pinning their chances on a coin toss for home field advantage.
The last thing the Ravens need right now is more injuries, and besides, has the offense really looked that good with Huntley under center? With the way the team’s momentum has been backsliding in the final stretch of the season, Baltimore could use a change.
Let’s see what Anthony Brown can cook up in Week 18.