Ravens Notebook: Wait and see for Monroe

OWINGS MILLS - New Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe will have a full week of practice to continue his acclimation to Baltimore's scheme and terminology, but Ravens coach John Harbaugh was non-committal Monday when asked if Monroe will be comfortable enough in time to start the upcoming game against the Packers.
"We're in wait-and-see mode right now," Harbaugh said. "I think we'll see what happens over the course of the week. [We] don't really know for sure right now."
Baltimore left open the possibility last week that Monroe could be ready in time to play Sunday against the Dolphins, but the Ravens' trade for Monroe wasn't finalized until Thursday, which left Monroe with just three days prior to the game to get up to speed.
Offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell had said that Monroe could play on a limited basis even if he didn't start, but Monroe ended up being inactive.
"I got the call Tuesday night that I was going to get traded, didn't end up flying in until Wednesday night and then had the physical and stuff Thursday morning," Monroe said. "So, all of that time was shot, but I'm doing my best to get acclimated as soon as I can. I'm just hoping my opportunity comes soon."
Monroe being inactive Sunday allowed Bryant McKinnie to start at left tackle for possibly his final time as a Raven. And just as he had done in the four games leading up to Baltimore making the trade for Monroe, McKinnie struggled against the Dolphins, both in the run game as well as in pass protection.
"[Monroe] looked good last week. He looked really good," Harbaugh said. "But we're just going to have to see how it plays out. This is uncharted territory for us. It really is. We've never been down this road before. We'll see what happens."
NO CLAY: ESPN reported Monday that the Packers are likely to be without star pass rusher Clay Matthews for a month.
Matthews suffered a broken thumb during the Packers' win over the Lions Sunday.
LIMITING JACOBY: Wide receiver Jacoby Jones may play this weekend for the first time since spraining his knee in Week 1, but Harbaugh acknowledged Monday that Jones may not immediately take back over as Baltimore's primary kick and punt returner when he does return.
"That's the question we're asking ourselves right now," Harbaugh said. "It probably depends on how he looks during practice. If he looks really, really good, we'd be willing to put him out there. But if we feel like we need to protect him, then we will."
INJURY UPDATES: Back spasms sidelined Ravens left guard Kelechi Osemele for most of Sunday's game against the Dolphins, but Harbaugh said Monday that Osemele was feeling better and that Osemele is considered day-to-day.
Harbaugh also said that the team hopes to get wide receiver Marlon Brown back to practice Wednesday. Brown missed practice Wednesday and Thursday last week because of a thigh injury and didn't play Sunday.
Defensive lineman Marcus Spears also didn't play Sunday after injuring his knee during practice last week, but Harbaugh said Spears doesn't have any structural damage in the knee and is considered day-to-day.
MORE PLAYING TIME: Rookie fullback Kyle Juszczyk has been on the field for just four offensive snaps, but Harbaugh said Monday that Juszczyk has been playing well in practice recently and is a player he wants to get more involved in the offense.
Juszczyk, a fourth-round pick in April, struggled some as a lead blocker during the summer, but he's a versatile player who saw time and made plays at H-back and tight end as well as in the slot during training camp and the preseason.
Juszczyk was targeted once Sunday against Miami, but the pass fell incomplete.
"[He's a] talented guy," Harbaugh said. "We're looking forward to seeing how we can develop him even more."

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