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Ravens notes: Eugene Monroe emerges unscathed in first game back from knee injury

Ravens notes: Eugene Monroe emerges unscathed in first game back from knee injury
Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe tries to help Justin Forsett gain yardage. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun)

Although offensive tackle Eugene Monroe was rested for one series when rookie James Hurst replaced him and offensive guard Kelechi Osemele was out briefly with an eye injury, the left side of the Ravens' offensive line emerged relatively unscathed during their first game back from knee injuries.

Monroe had missed the previous four games after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. Osemele missed the previous two games with a bruised, hyperextended right knee.

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"I felt good. I've been working my tail off to come back and I came back with no issues," Monroe said. "I came through healthy."

In the locker room after the game, Osemele declined an interview request for the second time this week.

Elam steps up

Ravens strong safety Matt Elam hasn't made many impactful plays since being drafted in the first round a year ago, and he's drawn his share of criticism.

However, Elam had in one of his biggest plays Sunday when he ripped the ball out of wide receiver Mohamed Sanu's hands to force an interception by Mosley.

"They just ran a slant and I made a play on the ball," Elam said. "I tried to do what I could to help the team."

Solid debut

With two-time Pro Bowl tight end Owen Daniels sidelined after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery last week, rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore had a decent first NFL start.

Gillmore blocked solidly and caught both passes thrown to him for 23 yards.

"You always see little things you could get better at to do your job," said Gillmore, a third-round draft pick from Colorado State. "I continue to block and get incorporated into the passing game."

End zone

Mosley and Daryl Smith had a game-high 13 tackles apiece. Smith had a forced fumble and fumble recovery. … Running back Justin Forsett was limping after the game but downplayed it. He was sporting a cut on the bridge of his nose. "My helmet came down on it," Forsett said. "I'll be fine."… Rookie defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan briefly left the game with a cut lip, but returned. … Besides Bernard Pierce and Daniels, the Ravens scratched defensive end Chris Canty (wrist surgery), cornerback Chykie Brown, linebacker Arthur Brown and offensive linemen Gino Gradkowski and Jah Reid.

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