Ravens Notebook: Monroe named starting left tackle

OWINGS MILLS - The Ravens officially have a new starting left tackle.
Baltimore traded for Eugene Monroe last week with the intention of demoting Bryant McKinnie and making Monroe the new starting left tackle. The offensive line has struggled in general this season and left tackle has been an area of concern.
Monroe wasn't able to acclimate himself to the Ravens' system in time to play last week in Miami, but Harbaugh said Friday that Monroe "did a heck of a job this week" and will start Sunday against the Green Bay Packers barring something unforeseen happening leading up to Sunday.
"[This is] no different for me. I've been starting every week," said Monroe, who started each of the four games he played in for the Jacksonville Jaguars before the trade. "I've been healthy. Now, I think I've moved along as far as being integrated with this system, so it's like any other Sunday for me. I'll be ready to go."
ENCOURAGING NEWS: Harbaugh didn't say when inside linebacker Jameel McClain will return to practice, but Harbaugh said Friday that the results of the most recent MRI of McClain's injured spinal cord were "very favorable" and "encouraging to say the least."
McClain hasn't played since injuring his spinal cord in December and is currently on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, but he is eligible to be activated off of the PUP list and to return to practice as soon as Monday.
Baltimore would then have 21 days to decide whether to promote McClain to its active roster or be forced to leave him on the PUP list for the remainder of the season.
As for when McClain could return to practice, Harbaugh said, "That's something that we'll have to decide. There will be a couple factors that go into that - timing-wise, his shape, our situation."
HEALTHY RECEIVERS: Jacoby Jones is listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Packers, but he practiced for a third straight day Friday and looked good in practice during the week, according to Harbaugh.
"[We're] encouraged," Harbaugh said.
Wide receivers Marlon Brown (thigh) and Brandon Stokley (thigh) are also both listed as questionable, but both also practiced for a third straight day Friday.
Brown is expected to play, but Stokley could be the odd man out as far as being active with six receivers potentially healthy enough to play Sunday.
NGATA PROBLEM: Ravens Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday, but he returned to practice Friday and is expected to play Sunday, according to Harbaugh.
"We gave Haloti a few days off," Harbaugh said Friday. "He had tweaks and strains and things like that, so we gave him a couple days, but he looked good today. ... He should be fine."
INJURY REPORT: Jones, Brown, Stokley and Ngata are four of 11 Ravens players listed as questionable for Sunday. Other players listed as questionable are left guard Kelechi Osemele (back), running back Bernard Pierce (thigh), defensive tackle Marcus Spears (knee), cornerback Chykie Brown (thigh), safety Michael Huff (back), linebacker Albert McClellan (shoulder) and center Ryan Jensen (foot).
Defensive tackle Terrence Cody (knee) is listed as doubtful and appears likely to miss his third straight game.

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