For the last three weeks, left tackle Ronnie Stanley has been peppered with variations of the same question. When is the Ravens rookie going to play? How close is he to returning?
And for the last three weeks, Stanley has offered variations of the same answer.
“We’ll see,” the sixth overall pick in the 2016 draft said after Wednesday’s practice. “That decision is left to Coach [John] Harbaugh.”
A foot injury has sidelined Stanley in the team’s last three games, but he practiced Wednesday for the third consecutive day. After being limited on Thursday and Friday of last week, Stanley was upgraded to full participation Wednesday.
“I really don’t know what their mindset is,” he said, adding later that he understands team officials are being cautious with him. “All I know is I’ve just got to be ready if my number is called upon. That’s where I am right now.”
Stanley said he will continue to support fellow rookie Alex Lewis, who has started at left tackle in the last two games, and other teammates on the offensive line. But Stanley acknowledged he is eager to play.
“As a competitor, you always want to get out there and help your team out,” he said. “Then again, you’ve always got to think about yourself and you’ve got to think about yourself and the situation that you’re in at that point in time. There’s a lot of things that go into it.”
Nine players did not practice Wednesday. They were outside linebackers Elvis Dumervil (foot) and Terrell Suggs (left biceps), cornerbacks Jerraud Powers (groin) and Shareece Wright (hamstring), quarterback Joe Flacco (right shoulder), return specialist Devin Hester Sr. (thigh), inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (hamstring), wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. (ankle), and right guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder).
Four Jets starters did not practice Wednesday. They were left tackle Ryan Clady (shoulder), center Nick Mangold (knee), cornerback Buster Skrine (non-injury reason), and defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle).
Two other starters, running back Matt Forte (knee) and inside linebacker David Harris (hamstring), participated on a limited basis. Defensive lineman Steve McLendon (back) and right guard Brian Winters (knee) practiced fully.