It appears that the Ravens are moving toward starting their third different combination at left tackle and left guard on Sunday.
With rookie left tackle Ronnie Stanley missing his sixth consecutive practice on Friday and after left tackle James Hurst and left guard Ryan Jensen endured uneven showings in Sunday’s 28-27 loss to the Oakland Raiders, rookie Alex Lewis and John Urschel are in line to start at left tackle and left guard, respectively, against the Washington Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday.
Lewis, who started the first three games at left guard before suffering a concussion that kept him on the sideline against Oakland, played left tackle at the University of Nebraska in 2014 and 2015 and filled in for Stanley in the Ravens’ final preseason game at the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 1. Lewis said Friday that he is fine with moving to left tackle.
“You’ve just got to know where your help is at tackle, especially rookies,” he said. “I expect a little help, but at the same time, you’ve got to understand that when they call you to be on an island, you’ve got to go back to your fundamentals. It doesn’t really matter what the guy across from you is doing. It’s sticking to your fundamentals and doing your technique and getting your job done.”
Stanley has been bothered for the last two weeks by a foot injury and sat out the contest against the Raiders. Stanley declared himself a game-time decision on Thursday, but is listed as doubtful for the game against Washington.
Hurst did not surrender a sack on Sunday, but was flagged for holding once, had another holding penalty declined, and allowed defensive end Khalil Mack to hit quarterback Joe Flacco twice.
Jensen committed holding and false start penalties against Oakland. Urschel was inactive for the team’s first three contests before playing a backup role on Sunday.
Harbaugh acknowledged that he would prefer starting the same players on the offensive line every week.
“You always want continuity,” he said. “Continuity builds on itself and that’s what you want. But we’re blessed with some depth. We feel like we have some depth, especially this year more than other years. But other teams have had the same problem. Washington, Oakland, everybody’s got injuries in different spots. Sometimes it kind of gangs up on you in certain positions, but you just have to deal with it.”
Return specialist Devin Hester Sr. returned to Friday’s practice for limited participation, marking his first appearance since injuring his thigh Sunday. Hester, who had sat out Wednesday’s and Thursday’s sessions, is questionable for the Redskins contest. Rookie running back Kenneth Dixon (strained left MCL) and cornerback Sheldon Price (thigh) practiced fully Friday and are listed as questionable. … Washington ruled starting cornerback Bashaud Breeland (strained tendon in ankle) out for Sunday. Listed as questionable are two starters in outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (sprained left elbow) and left guard Shawn Lauvao (ankle). Two other starters in defensive end Chris Baker (elbow and toe) and left tackle Trent Williams (knee) are not on the injury report. … The Redskins’ Jordan Reed leads all tight ends with 25 catches, ranks third with 263 yards and is tied for third with two touchdowns. Ravens strong safety Eric Weddle remembered Reed from when he caught four passes for 37 yards and rushed once for 18 in a 30-24 win against the San Diego Chargers on Nov. 3, 2013. “It’s going to be fun,” Weddle said. “You always like going against great players at their positions. It brings out the best in yourself. We definitely have to have a solution for him. They have three great wideouts. They present some tough matchups for us, some challenges.” … The Ravens had defeated the Cleveland Browns and the Jacksonville Jaguars when Harbaugh wore his gray team-issued t-shirt. After not wearing the gray t-shirt Sunday and watching the Ravens lose to the Oakland Raiders, Harbaugh would not commit to bringing back the gray t-shirt against Washington on a day with a projected high of 68. “I could layer it a little bit. I could layer a couple t-shirts,” he said. “We’ll see. We’ll see how it feels. But I don’t like being cold.”
Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec contributed to this article.