In a surprising move, the Ravens deactivated cornerback Fabian Washington for Sunday's showdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It's the first time Washington has been a healthy scratch since Nov. 11, 2007, but he had lost his starting role after the team's win against the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 7 and played sparingly last Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
Joining Washington on the sideline for the first time this season is rookie tight end Ed Dickson, who had been questionable after being limited in practice last week by a thigh injury.
Tony Moll will make his second consecutive start at right guard after the Ravens deactivated Chris Chester, who did not practice last week because of a bacterial leg infection.The team also scratched defensive tackles Brandon McKinney and Lamar Divens, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, free safety Tom Zbikowski (bruised right heel) and wide receiver Marcus Smith.
It's McKinney's fourth consecutive scratch after making four straight starts, and it's Ellerbe's third deactivation in the last four games.
For the Buccaneers, defensive end Tim Crowder will start for Kyle Moore, who was ruled out with an shoulder injury.
Tampa Bay also deactivated offensive tackles Will Barker and Derek Hardman, cornerback Elbert Mack, fully back Erik Lorig, defensive tackle Frank Okam and wide receiver Preston Parker.