With right guard Marshal Yanda and right tackle Rick Wagner dealing with injuries, the Ravens offensive line could use a boost. Rookie left tackle Ronnie Stanley would love to provide that.
The sixth overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft sat out his seventh consecutive practice because of his foot, but called the chances of him returning for Sunday's game at the New York Giants "good."
"Day-by-day, it's getting better every day," Stanley said Wednesday. "So I'm very happy with the progress."
Stanley, who has sat out the team's last two games, said he has begun to reach certain benchmarks in his recovery such as anchoring, pushing off, and changing direction. His long layoff might suggest that he would need considerable practice time to be ready to play again, but Stanley said he thinks he would need just one practice to regain his rhythm.
"It's really all mental at this level, figuring out what the guy you're going against likes to do and his tendencies and whatnot, really the whole defensive scheme, and that's just through studying and film work," he said.
Without Stanley, the Ravens started James Hurst in a 28-27 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Oct. 2 and fellow rookie Alex Lewis in a 16-10 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Wagner injured his thigh in that game, forcing Yanda to move from right guard to right tackle and backup Ryan Jensen to fill in at right guard.
Stanley acknowledged that injuries to the offensive line have heightened his desire to return.
"Seeing my guys out there fighting and fighting their butts off, I definitely want to be out there and help them," he said.
Wide receiver Mike Wallace, who injured his ribs against Washington, wore a red, non-contact pinnie over his jersey during Wednesday's practice. But he said the move was precautionary.
"I'm a little sore, but I'll be fine," he said. "It's football. People are sore sometimes. But I'll be good for the game."
Cornerback Shareece Wright returned after missing Sunday's game because of back spasms that he said began to flare up during practice last week. He said the pain has subsided to the point where he will be available to play against New York, barring any setbacks.
"I'm still dealing with it, but it isn't as bad," he said. "So I'm able to do a little bit at practice today. … I should be out there."