BALTIMORE – Ravens rookie left tackle Ronnie Stanley suffered a “soft tissue” injury during Saturday night’s practice, but it was not thought to be serious according to head coach John Harbaugh. Stanley left the field early during practice and did not return, but he was moving well in the locker room afterward.
“We’ll know more tomorrow,” Harbaugh said.
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The Ravens are counting on Stanley to handle the starting left tackle spot as a rookie, after drafting him with the No. 6 overall pick. Stanley has been solid during minicamps and training camp, but it will be important for him to get live reps during the preseason as the Ravens prepare for the regular season. The Ravens’ attempt to sign veteran left tackle Jake Long fell through last month due to concern over Long’s knee, so the team’s depth at left tackle behind Stanley remains a question mark.
Once Stanley left practice, rookie Alex Lewis took over at left tackle with the starters and saw extended action. James Hurst was the backup left tackle last season, but Lewis is clearly in the mix to assume that role.