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Ravens OT Alejandro Villanueva questionable for Monday night; 3 Colts starters ruled out

Ravens left tackle Alejandro Villanueva is considered questionable for Monday night’s game against the Indianapolis Colts after returning to practice Saturday.

Villanueva missed the Ravens’ first two practices this week with a knee injury suffered in Sunday’s win over the Denver Broncos, but he was back in a knee brace for Saturday’s workout. Patrick Mekari is expected to start at right tackle, but the team otherwise lacks depth at the position.

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Villanueva, who has never missed a game in his NFL career, was limited in practice Saturday. Safeties DeShon Elliott (quadriceps), who sat out Week 4, and Geno Stone (thigh) are also questionable after being limited participants Saturday.

Also rejoining the offensive line Saturday was Tyre Phillips, who started the Week 1 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders at left guard before leaving with a knee injury. By returning to practice, the Ravens have designated him to return from injured reserve, meaning they have 21 days to elevate him to the active roster or place him on season-ending IR.

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Left tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle) was ruled out of Monday’s game after missing another week of practice. Three Ravens sat out practice Saturday for rest: wide receiver Sammy Watkins, defensive end Calais Campbell and outside linebacker Pernell McPhee.

The Colts ruled out four players for Monday’s game: starting right tackle Braden Smith (foot/thumb), reserve running back Jordan Wilkins (non-football illness), starting rookie defensive end Kwity Paye (hamstring) and starting cornerback Rock Ya-Sin (ankle). Paye is Indianapolis’ top draft pick, and Ya-Sin is its top cornerback, according to Pro Football Focus.

Starting safety Kari Willis (ankle/groin) is questionable. Starting inside linebacker Darius Leonard (ankle), who was limited in practice all week, was not listed on the Colts’ injury report.

Extra points

  • Coach John Harbaugh said Saturday that outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson remains symptomatic since being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list before the Ravens’ Week 3 game against the Detroit Lions. Ferguson hasn’t practiced for the past two weeks.
  • Harbaugh, who was not asked specifically about the possibility of Rashod Bateman and Miles Boykin returning for Monday’s game, said the team’s wide receivers “look good.”
  • Running back Latavius Murray said the Ravens’ timeshare at the position is “up in the air” before each game. “I think maybe that’s just the way we’ve got to prepare and we’ve got to understand that it can be like that. We’ve got a group of guys that can do different things. … I think the biggest thing is just staying ready for all of us, coming out here and just trying to make sure we’re getting better.”
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