Baltimore Ravens

Ravens left tackle James Hurst owns up to poor play in Sunday's loss to Raiders

James Hurst was clearly diasppointed in his play in his first start of the season at left tackle in the Ravens' 28-27 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

"It wasn't very good, especially the first half," he said. "I didn't play well enough to help the team win. Obviously, it's good competition, but this is the NFL. I'm going to go back and look at film and see what I need to fix and work like crazy in practice to fix it."


Hurst, who was starting for rookie Ronnie Stanley (foot), did not surrender a sack, but he was flagged for holding once, had another holding penalty declined by Oakland, and allowed defensive end Khalil Mack hit quarterback Joe Flacco twice.

Hurst acknowledged that Mack, a Pro Bowl player who produced 15 sacks, 79 tackles, and two forced fumbles last season, gained the advantage in the first half.


"I thought the first half against him, I didn't have too many good sets against him," Hurst said. "He got me with the inside move to pressure Joe, and then I think he got me with a slip to the outside. But in the second half, I felt like we came out and I played a little bit better, and we got some momentum as a unit together, which helps everything and helps everybody."

Whether Hurst will line up at left tackle against the Washington Redskins next Sunday will depend on Stanley's status. The sixth overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft has been bothered by a foot injury over the past two weeks, but played in the team's win against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 25 before sitting out Sunday's game.

Stanley declined to say how close he was to playing against Oakland. Asked if the injury could be a long-term concern, he replied, "I don't think so. Coach [John] Harbaugh knows more about it than I do."

Stanley was also tight-lipped about his availability for Washington. "We'll see what Coach Harbaugh wants me to do," he said. "He's the coach, and I'm going to do what he tells me."