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Ronnie Stanley returns to Ravens practice three days after injury

Baltimore Ravens tackle Ronnie Stanley signs autographs for members of the military after NFL football training camp in Owings Mills, Md., Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016.
Baltimore Ravens tackle Ronnie Stanley signs autographs for members of the military after NFL football training camp in Owings Mills, Md., Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. (GAIL BURTON / AP)

Three days after limping off the field during the team's second public practice at M&T Bank Stadium with what was described as a soft-tissue injury, rookie offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley returned to the practice field Tuesday for the Ravens in Owings Mills.

The Ravens' top 2016 draft pick took part in some light position drills, though the practice itself was by far the lightest the Ravens have had since opening training camp. Two days before the first preseason game against the Carolina Panthers in Baltimore, the Ravens practiced without helmets and pads.

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Despite the fact that he took part, Stanley took a positive step toward getting back on the field after suffering what Harbaugh described as a soft-tissue injury in Saturday's open practice at M&T Bank Stadium.

"He wanted to be out there," Harbaugh said. "He said right after the scrimmage, 'It's nothing.' I don't know if anything is nothing, physically in this league. We'll see if he can play Thursday night, how it feels out there and everything. It's probably a game-time decision to use regular-season terminology. But he wants to play, that's for sure."

Stanley, the team's 2016 first-round draft pick who is expected to protect Flacco's blind side this season at left tackle, said he "felt good out there" during Tuesday's practice but wouldn't say whether he would play against the Panthers.

"It's up to Coach Harbaugh," Stanley said. "Whatever they want to do is going to be the best decision."

Stanley conceded that he was "a little worried" when he had to come out of the practice because of the injury, but quickly added, "I knew it wasn't that bad. I know my body well and I could still do normal movement."

Whenever he makes his NFL debut, Stanley seems excited.

"Everything coming to this moment, playing in my first NFL game, it's definitely a big moment," he said. "I want to be ready for it and stay in the moment."

The other good news for the Ravens was that tight end Daniel Brown, who took an inadvertent yet ferocious hit to the jaw from rookie free-agent Sam Brown toward the end of practice Monday, was back on the practice field participating in the drills. The Ravens are still without injured tight ends Crockett Gillmore (hamstring) and Dennis Pitta (sprained finger).

Rookie cornerback Maurice Canady, a sixth-round draft choice this year who was hurt early in training camp, also returned.

Another notable attendee to Tuesday's session is Maryland governor Larry Hogan.

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