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Baltimore Ravens to rest at least four impact players in Week 17

Ravens, Lamar Jackson

The Baltimore Ravens are looking to put the finishing touches on a spectacular 2019 NFL season. They will try to end the year on a 12-game winning streak without the help of some of their best players in the finale versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.

According to Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, head coach John Harbaugh has opted to sit his key players for the homestead against Pittsburgh:

Harbaugh said that Lamar Jackson, Earl Thomas, Marshal Yanda and Brandon Williams all won’t play Sunday against Steelers.

Harbaugh’s decision should hardly come as any surprise considering Baltimore has already clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC at 13-2. The last thing they need is for any of these players to suffer a setback before the real test starts in the playoffs.

Jackson has not only led the Ravens to the top spot in the conference, he emerged as the favorite to win MVP following one of the most historic seasons by a quarterback of all time. The tremendous does strides he made in the pocket has now helped him become just as dangerous with his arm as he is with hi legs. This is all the more reason for Harbaugh to take a cautious approach with the franchise quarterback.

Meanwhile, guard Marshal Yanda and safety Earl Thomas are proven veterans that are all too familiar with preparing for a deep postseason run. Defensive end Brandon Williams has also long served as one of the mainstays up front and will be looking to get some fresh legs for the playoffs.