Ravens left guard Ben Powers is inactive for Sunday’s must-win regular-season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Powers, who was a limited participant at practice this week, hasn’t played since a Week 12 loss against the Cleveland Browns because of a foot injury.
Rookie Ben Cleveland is expected to start at left guard for the fourth straight game. The third-round draft pick was limited in practice Friday after not participating Thursday because of a head injury.
With Powers out, fullback Patrick Ricard on the injured reserve list and tight end Nick Boyle on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Ravens might have a hard time stopping Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt from breaking the NFL’s single-season sack record of 22 ½, which was set by Hall of Famer Michael Strahan in 2001. Watt has 21 ½ sacks this season.
Meanwhile, cornerback Anthony Averett (ribs/chest) and quarterback Lamar Jackson (ankle) will not play for the Ravens, who need a win over the Steelers and losses from the Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Chargers to make the playoffs. Coach John Harbaugh announced Friday that backup quarterback Tyler Huntley will make his fourth start of the season. Jackson has not played since injuring his right ankle Dec. 12 against the Browns.
Rookie outside linebacker Odafe Oweh will miss his second straight game with a foot injury. Oweh, the No. 31 overall pick, was one of Ravens’ best defensive players this season, recording 33 tackles, five sacks and three forced fumbles.
Pro Bowl wide receiver and return specialist Devin Duvernay (ankle/knee) is active after being listed as questionable, while tight end Tony Poljan, defensive tackle Isaiah Mack and wide receiver James Proche II are healthy scratches.
For the Steelers, wide receiver Diontae Johnson, starting cornerback Joe Haden and starting center Kendrick Green are expected to play after being activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Meanwhile, starting left tackle Dan Moore Jr. (ankle), running back Anthony McFarland Jr. (Maryland), defensive tackle Carlos Davis, linebacker Tegray Scales, punter Corliss Waitman and quarterback Dwayne Haskins are inactive. Receiver James Washington also won’t play after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday.
In addition, Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler will not be coaching because of COVID-19 protocols. His duties will be handled by coach Mike Tomlin and senior defensive assistant/secondary coach Teryl Austin.