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Soft-tissue injury ends Ronnie Stanley's night, gives Ravens a scare

Left to right, Blaine Clausell (63) and Ronnie Stanley (79) participate in Baltimore Ravens training camp Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016.
Left to right, Blaine Clausell (63) and Ronnie Stanley (79) participate in Baltimore Ravens training camp Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

The Ravens got a scare Saturday night when rookie first-round draft pick Ronnie Stanley, the projected starting left tackle, left midway through practice with what coach John Harbaugh described as a soft-tissue injury.

Both Harbaugh and Stanley declined to disclose the injury, but both seemed confident the sixth overall pick won't miss a significant amount of time. Stanley said he's optimistic he'll play in the preseason opener Thursday against the Carolina Panthers.

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"I'm perfectly fine," Stanley said. "I'm not concerned. Minor setback. It's nothing major."

Stanley was replaced at left tackle by fellow rookie Alex Lewis, a fourth-round pick. The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Lewis has been splitting time between guard and tackle, as he did in college with Nebraska.

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"It was good," Lewis said. "It's fun being out there with the [first-team]; you get to judge yourself."

Lewis was called for holding once on a play-action pass, but otherwise handled it well, according to Harbaugh.

"He did OK. He had the one holding. The nice thing about Alex is that he's not going to get fazed, it's not too big for him. He's played in a lot of big football games," Harbaugh said. "I said something to him about it and he said 'I'm not worried about it, we'll get the next play."

Wide receiver Chris Matthews also left practice with a soft-tissue injury, Harbaugh said. His injury appears more significant than Stanley's.

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