Flacco makes early exit in Cincy

AP

The Ravens have an outside shot at the No. 3 seed in the AFC.  The potential reward from a one-spot climb apparently doesn’t justify the risk of exposing certain key players to injury.

Quarterback Joe Flacco exited the Week 17 game at Cincinnati after a 16-snap preseason cameo appearance, culminating with a sack.

Running back Ray Rice, contrary to reports he won’t play, has participated on a limited basis, with three carries for five yards.

The Ravens lead, 7-0, thanks to a touchdown drive engineered by backup Tyrod Taylor.