As if it weren’t difficult enough to get excited about the final preseason game, the Ravens announced they would only be playing a handful of starters tonight against the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome.
Despite discussion of the reconfigured offensive line playing a series or two in the first quarter, coach John Harbaugh has elected to play it safe and not risk any injuries, meaning the starting line will see its first live-game action together against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 11. The only projected offensive starter playing in tonight’s game will be tight end Ed Dickson.
Defensively, the Ravens have elected to deactivate Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata, Jarret Johnson, and Cory Redding against the Falcons. Terrence Cody, Jameel McClain, Domonique Foxworth, Cary Williams, and the combination of Tom Zbikowski and Bernard Pollard — it’s still undetermined who will start at strong safety next to Reed — will be the only starters taking the turf in Atlanta.
That said, a number of veteran backups and rookies will be fighting for their roster lives as the Ravens conclude the preseason and make final decisions on the 53 men who will be taking the field against Pittsburgh 10 days from now.
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