Haunting the Ravens' training room and weight room for the past month became a weary, repetitive routine for left offensive tackle Eugene Monroe as he recovered from a right knee injury
Now, Monroe's recovery from arthroscopic surgery is coming to an end. He expressed confidence that he'll return for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.
Undrafted rookie James Hurst started the last four games in Monroe's place with mixed results, allowing three sacks in a loss to the Indianapolis Colts and being penalized for three holding calls Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
"It gets frustrating after a while being in a training room every day" Monroe said. "Missing out on games, man, that was really the first stretch of my career where I was out for consecutive weeks. It was different, but it was needed. I needed to get healthy, and now that's happened. I'm just glad to be back out there. I feel real good about it."
Monroe returned to practice and participated fully Wednesday along with left guard Kelechi Osmele, who's wearing a brace on his bruised, hyperextended right knee. Osemele has missed the past two games, forcing the Ravens to go with an all-rookie left side comprised of Hurst and left guard John Urschel. Osemele declined an interview request.
Defensive end Chris Canty didn't practice because of a wrist infection that required surgery the week of the Colts game. He's missed the past three games.
Tight end Owen Daniels didn't practice due to a knee injury. Daniels finished the game Sunday, but limped off the field during the Ravens' 29-7 win and consulted with trainer Mark Smith before going back in. If the Ravens don't have Daniels available, they would have to go with rookie Crockett Gillmore.
"He's a big target, but the big thing is he's very defined in where he's going and what he's doing," quarterback Joe Flacco said of Daniels. "You can see just by how he runs routes and pushes on people and gains the leverage. He does a good job, and that's why he's open. He's been big for us, and he's going to have to be big for us down the line."