With the "disappointing" end to starting left tackle Eugene Monroe's season made official this weekend when he was placed on injured reserve, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that position would belong to Kelechi Osemele for the rest of the season.
"We'll keep him there, and I thought he looked good" Harbaugh said. "There are some things that he can do better. Sometimes the sets and the angles and the timing the movement, sometimes it's something that he'll get a feel for more and more as he plays. But, he had lots of good blocks [in] pass protection and the run game. I thought he was a bright spot."
Harbaugh and Osemele had discussed a move from left guard, where he has played since his second season in the NFL, since this past August. They talked about how "these kinds of possibilities, that they could crop up because of some of the injuries that we had," Harbaugh said.
"It's a real opportunity here to see what happens," he said.
The Ravens had several injured tackles at one point or another in training camp, and Ryan Jensen was one of the emergency tackles. Now, Jensen is taking over Osemele's left guard spot.
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It's all part of a shuffle required by the latest in a series of injuries to Monroe, who hasn't had many extended runs of health since signing a five-year contract extension after the 2013 season.
He was a durable left tackle with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but was not able to stay on the field for the Ravens, which Harbaugh said was disappointing. Monroe missed four games with a knee injury early in 2014, and then missed the final three games of the season, including both playoff games, with an ankle injury.
This year, he suffered a concussion on the first drive of the season opener against the Denver Broncos and missed the ensuing three games, then missed three of the past five games with a shoulder injury before going on injured reserve.
"Here's a guy that you're counting on," Harbaugh said. "We trade two picks for him … and he has played well. As he said, he was playing the best football of his career this year when he came back for two or three weeks, or whenever he was back. I think that was the most crushing thing for him, because he felt like he was really playing really good football.
"It's not what we hoped for. We hoped that he'd be in the lineup and playing, and that's not what he hoped for [either]. And nobody works harder. This guy trains like you can't believe, so it's a tough deal."