The NFL announced this afternoon that the Patriots-Ravens game on Dec. 22 has been flexed out of its original 8:30 p.m. slot.
Baltimore will instead host New England at 4:25 p.m. that day with the Eagles facing the Bears in primetime.
The Ravens had originally been scheduled to play two night games in seven days, but now they’ll have to settle for just one nationally televised contest in the next two weeks.
In addition, the Ravens are expected to place wideout Brandon Stokley on season-ending injured reserve because of a concussion, according to The Sun.
Stokley suffered the head injury in Sunday’s win over the Vikings, the latest in a string of concussions over the course of his career.
“So it could be problematic for us,” coach John Harbaugh told reporters Monday. “We’ll have to see in the next 24 hours or so.”
The Ravens have apparently done that and seem ready to put Stokley on the shelf. The 37-year-old has had an injury-plagued second stint with Baltimore, appearing in just six games so far this year, mainly because of a groin ailment. He has 13 catches for 115 yards this season.
Harbaugh also said linebacker Elvis Dumervil “has a chance” to play Monday at Detroit after sitting out Sunday.
“He looks pretty good today. It’s kind of a bruise in his ankle,” Harbaugh said Monday. “So we’ll just have to see where he’s at. I was hopeful for him this week, so I’ll be more hopeful for him next week.”
Update: The Ravens have officially placed Stokley on IR. They re-signed running back Bernard Scott to take his roster spot.