OWINGS MILLS – The Ravens are holding trade discussions involving left tackle Eugene Monroe, and he is being held out of practices until his situation is resolved.
It has become increasingly clear that Monroe has very likely played his last game with the Ravens. Due to injuries, Monroe has missed 17 of 34 regular season or playoff games over the last two seasons.
Monroe had offseason shoulder surgery but wrote on Twitter last week that he had been cleared to play. Asked about Monroe’s status after Tuesday’s mandatory minicamp practice, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said general manager Ozzie Newsome was shopping Monroe.
“My understanding right now is that teams are inquiring about Eugene,” Harbaugh said. “In that kind of situation...you’re pretty much obligated to pull back and not practice a guy. That’s where it’s at right now. It’s in Ozzie’s hands.”
The Ravens addressed their left tackle situation by drafting Monroe’s replacement, Ronnie Stanley, with the No. 6 overall pick. Stanley has been working exclusively at left tackle during OTA’s, and the idea of starting Stanley as a rookie to protect Joe Flacco’s blindside is something the Ravens seem comfortable with.
That leaves Monroe on the outside looking in. If the Ravens cannot make a trade for Monroe, he will likely be released. But either way, Monroe appears on the way out, and Stanley looks destined to begin his rookie season as the starting left tackle.
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