Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe was limited to special teams action in Sunday's 35-31 playoff loss to the New England Patriots, a frustrating end to a season stunted by injuries that limited him to just 11 starts.
Monroe practiced all week ahead of the game and was active over reserve lineman Ryan Jensen, but he wasn't judged healthy enough to take his starting left tackle spot from James Hurst.
"I just needed more time that I didn't have, unfortunately," Monroe said Sunday as the players cleaned out their lockers.
Monroe, who had never made the playoffs in five previous NFL seasons with the Ravens and the Jacksonville Jaguars, said it was "definitely" frustrating to have his season end as it did.
"Missing time definitely wasn't fun," Monroe said. "Exciting that we made it to the postseason, disappointed that I didn't get to participate in the sense that I wanted to."
Monroe suffered an ankle injury in Week 16 against the Houston Texans, then missed the regular-season finale against the Cleveland Browns and the AFC wild-card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers before returning to practice last week.
"[It] just needs a little time," Monroe said. "Like I said before, it's nothing scary, nothing that requires anything surgical. Just get it treated and I'll be ready to go.
"The first step, for me, is to get healthy. And that's just going to take a little time. But even with that, it's only Day 1 [of the offseason], but I feel like I've had so much time off. I missed four weeks during the year, and then three weeks here more recently. So other than the ankle, I feel pretty fresh."