Tackle Eugene Monroe active for Ravens, but James Hurst gets the start

After making progress with his ankle injury throughout the week, Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe was scratched for the playoff loss to the New England Patriots.

Rookie offensive tackle James Hurst got the start again after taking the first-team offensive snaps all week in practice. Hurst allowed six quarterback hurries in a playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, but played much better against the Patriots as he limited standout defensive end Chandler Jones to four tackles and two quarterback hits and zero sacks on quarterback Joe Flacco.


"I felt the protection for the most part was pretty good," said Hurst, an undrafted rookie from North Carolina. "They're going to get their hits, but you try to keep Joe as clean as much as you can. From the first start to this game, I feel very good about the way I've come along. Obviously, there's a long way to go, but it's a good start and it's good for confidence and knowing what you have to work on during the offseason."

Monroe said his mobility and flexibility improved daily. Yet, he was limited in practice each day and was listed as questionable on the injury report.

"It's just tough," Monroe said. "It was a tricky deal. I just needed a little bit more time to get ready. Hurst is a good player and he went in and did a great job. I don't think I heard much from Chandler Jones at all."

It was a rough season overall for Monroe after signing a five-year, $37.5 million contract last March. Monroe missed four games after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery earlier in the season. Then, he injured his ankle against the Houston Texans and missed the final three games of the season.

"Here in the beginning of the offseason, I have plans to do some things to get my body where it needs to be and then hit it hard like I always do. I'm still chasing it, so nothing changes for me. It stays the same. I won't be outworked, never have been never will be. I will definitely be more prepared for next season."

Rookie defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan is active after missing Saturday's game with foot and ankle injuries. He was probable on the injury report.

Meanwhile, the Ravens scratched cornerback Chris Greenwood, center-guard Ryan Jensen, nose tackle Terrence Cody, defensive end DeAngelo Tyson, tight end Phillip Supernaw and defenisve end Steven Means.

The Patriots deactivated former Ravens running back Jonas Gray, offensive lineman Cameron Fleming, former Ravens offensive tackle Jordan Devey, wide receiver Josh Boyce, tight end Steve Maneri, defensive lineman Zach Moore and running back James White

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