Coach John Harbaugh said Thursday that he expects to play his starters for about a quarter on Saturday in Dallas, when the Ravens play the Cowboys in the second of four preseason games.
“We’ll have some play counts for a few guys, including [quarterback] Joe [Flacco] and some of the defensive players, but we’ll see how it goes,” Harbaugh said “Basically, [the starters will play] about a quarter.”
There will be some exceptions, he said, just as there were last week against San Francisco. Most notably, second-year right tackle Rick Wagner and rookie linebacker C.J. Mosley, both of whom are inexperienced but pencilled into starting roles, played deep into the first half.
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Harbaugh said younger players like Wagner could play the entire first half.
Once Flacco reaches his play count, Harbaugh said the priority will be to get fourth-year backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor as many plays as possible — even if it’s at the expense of rookie quarterback Keith Wenning.
"That’s going to be [dictated by] the way the game goes, how many plays we get on offense,” Harbaugh said. “Tyrod needs work—not that Keith doesn’t also, but Tyrod has had lots of practice time here. He hasn’t had as much game time.. Tyrod’s a very good quarterback, but the chance to play it out in games is what makes the difference, so he needs that. Keith will get whatever work is available."
Taylor took over for Flacco after the first series against the 49ers, and completed 16 of 23 passes for 116 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Wenning entered the game for the final series and kneeled three times.