OWINGS MILLS — With left tackle Ronnie Stanley (foot) missing another day of practice Thursday, the Ravens may do some shuffling on their offensive line for Sunday’s game against the Redskins.
James Hurst started at left tackle in place of Stanley in Week 4, but Hurst had trouble with Raiders pass rushers, particularly Khalil Mack. Whether Stanley plays or not, the Ravens must find a way to keep the Redskins from hitting quarterback Joe Flacco as often as the Raiders did.
Rookie left guard Alex Lewis has returned to practice this week after missing the Raiders game with a concussion. That gives the Ravens more options. They could stick with Hurst at left tackle. But they could also move Lewis to left tackle, and play either John Urschel or Ryan Jensen at left guard.
Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman alluded to the possibility of Lewis playing left tackle after Thursday’s practice.
“Alex has his feet wet, in terms of playing a couple of games,” Trestman said. “We have seen him play outside; we are good with that. We have seen the guys who are playing inside play inside with John (Urschel) and so forth. We do have a comfort level with that.”
Urschel has been dealing with a shoulder injury and was beaten out by Lewis for the starting job at left guard during the preseason. However, Trestman said the Ravens had not lost confidence in Urschel.
“Early on, we made a decision on who we wanted to start,” Trestman said. “Ronnie and Alex had done a more than sufficient job in the first two games. We are lucky to have John Urschel. He is a multi-talented guy; he can play anywhere. He plays the game well at either center or guard. If it is his opportunity, we expect that he will step in. He played for us last year and did well, and we expect the same out of him this week.”
Stanley has not ruled out the possibility of playing Sunday, even if he did not practice all week. But if Stanley doesn’t play, it could mean a move to left tackle for Lewis.
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