BALTIMORE — The Ravens will try to win their sixth straight game in a season for the first time since 2000, but the AFC South-leading Houston Texans stand in their way in Week 11.
Baltimore will have to do it without standout run-stopping defensive tackle Michael Pierce, who is inactive after missing practice all week with the right ankle injury sustained early in last Sunday’s win at Cincinnati. Head coach John Harbaugh described Pierce as a game-time decision on Friday, but the fourth-year defensive lineman did not go through an on-field workout, suggesting he wasn’t particularly close to playing.
Pierce’s status prompted the Ravens to sign veteran defensive tackles Domata Peko and Justin Ellis, who are both active for Sunday’s game. Second-year defensive lineman Zach Sieler is a healthy scratch after failing to impress in Pierce’s absence against the Bengals last week.
For the second straight game, wide receiver and special-teams standout Chris Moore was deactivated as he continues to deal with a substantial thumb injury. Rookie cornerback Iman Marshall is also inactive despite being activated from injured reserve earlier this week.
On Saturday, Houston downgraded starting wide receiver Will Fuller (hamstring) and starting cornerback Bradley Roby (hamstring) to out after both practiced only on a limited basis this week, but left tackle Laremy Tunsil (shoulder) and starting safety Tashaun Gipson (back/wrist) are active for the Texans after missing time prior to their bye week.
The Texans also deactivated cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, whom they claimed off waivers this week.
Sunday’s referee is Alex Kemp.
According to Weather.com, the Sunday forecast in Baltimore calls for cloudy skies and temperatures reaching the mid-40s with winds 10 to 15 miles per hour and no chance of precipitation.
The Ravens are wearing their purple jerseys with white pants while Houston dons white tops and navy blue pants for Week 11.
Sunday marks the 10th all-time meeting between these teams in the regular season with the Ravens enjoying a 7-2 advantage. The Texans have never won a game in Baltimore, which also includes the 2011 divisional playoff meeting at M&T Bank Stadium.
Below are Sunday’s inactives:
DT Michael Pierce
WR Chris Moore
QB Trace McSorley
WR Jaleel Scott
CB Iman Marshall
G Ben Powers
DT Zach Sieler
WR Will Fuller
CB Bradley Roby
CB Vernon Hargreaves
WR Steven Mitchell Jr.
LB Tyrell Adams
OT Chris Clark
DE Joel Heath