With several offensive linemen looking as though they would miss the Ravens' preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, coach John Harbaugh said Friday that it would be incumbent on those who were healthy to step in and play, no matter their experience.
Those ranks shrank even more than expected Saturday night.
The Ravens held out six offensive linemen, including starters Kelechi Osemele and Rick Wagner, then watched as three more tackles suffered injuries before the starters' prescribed playing time was up.
“We only had two offensive linemen playing positions they practice,” Harbaugh said. “We did have some injuries, but that's part of preseason football — players playing different positions and showing how well they can adjust and play fast.”
An Achilles tendon problem has limited Osemele for the past several weeks. He returned to practice Thursday but said playing in a game would be difficult for him at this point.
Wagner suffered a leg injury in practice Wednesday and has yet to return, while tackle Jah Reid (back), guard John Urschel (concussion), and undrafted rookie tackles Darryl Baldwin and Blaine Clausell didn't play Saturday.
James Hurst started at right tackle in place of Wagner but suffered a possible head injury making the tackle after quarterback Joe Flacco's second interception. He went to the locker room to begin the NFL's concussion protocol.
Hurst's replacement at right tackle, undrafted rookie De'Ondre Wesley, injured his left leg on his third play of the game and headed to the locker room with the help of athletic trainers. The Ravens did not provide an update on the Brigham Young product's injury.
Hurst's injury bumped Marshal Yanda from right guard to right tackle for the remainder of that drive, with reserve Marcel Jones coming in at right guard. That series proved costly, too, as it was the last starting left tackle Eugene Monroe played before he was seen on the sideline with his right arm wrapped in ice.
The team did not announce an injury for Monroe, but the starters were out of the game at that point and he wasn't likely to return.
Once the starters left, the Ravens offensive line consisted of Ryan Jensen — who started at left guard for Osemele — at left tackle, Robert Myers at left guard, Nick Easton at center, Leon Brown at right guard and Jones at right tackle. Only undrafted guard Kaleb Johnson remained on the bench, and he entered the game in the third quarter.