Baltimore Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe talks about returning to the practice field and getting ready to play the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe was a full participant at practice Wednesday, indicating he's in line for a return to the starting lineup after missing all but the first six snaps of the season opener against the Denver Broncos with a concussion.
"I feel totally back to normal," Monroe said. "I'm ready to go. I've been out for a while now. I'm preparing myself to go out and dominate on Sunday."
His return to the starting lineup would give the Ravens the optimal edition of their offensive line, which entered the season considered among the best in football, for the first time since early in Week 16 last season against the Houston Texans.
In that game, Monroe suffered an ankle injury that kept him out for the final game of the regular season and both playoff games, while right tackle Rick Wagner suffered a foot injury that ended his season.
Monroe also missed four games with a knee injury early in the season.
"You never want to be out," Monroe said. "You never want to miss time. … In reality there's only 16 games, and every one of them is a lost opportunity that you're not on the field. But you just move on. That's in the past. It's a new week, I'm healthy and ready to go and prepared for this game."
In his stead, reserve James Hurst played left tackle and played his best game of the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers last Thursday, though he had issues early in this run of games spelling Monroe. Since Hurst joined the Ravens in 2014, he's started 10 games, including the playoffs.
But it seems Monroe is thrilled with the prospect of taking his starting spot back after several weeks of inactivity. He practiced on a limited basis last week before the Steelers game.
"That's all I can really think about right now," Monroe said.