There was a lot to ask Ravens coach John Harbaugh about on Friday. Most of it was injury-related; his team has an NFL-high 15 players on injured reserve and a handful of starters on the injury report.
After taking questions about Kansas City coach Andy Reid (”He’s always looking for a new play”), Ravens-turned-Chiefs left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. (”He’s playing well”) and Ravens offensive lineman Patrick Mekari (”He’s a technician”), Harbaugh was asked about starting left tackle Ronnie Stanley.
Stanley had just missed his third straight practice with an ankle injury. In the NFL, players who don’t practice generally don’t play. Harbaugh was asked for his thoughts on Stanley’s availability.
“My thoughts are, I’m not going to make any comments on injuries for the rest of the season,” he said. “So you can keep asking, but that’s my thoughts on it.”
There were no more questions about injuries — none about cornerback Chris Westry (knee), who on Friday was placed on IR after missing the week of practice, and none about wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown (ankle), who returned Friday after missing the week’s first two practices. The news conference ended after less than 150 seconds.
Harbaugh has answered injury questions as recently as Wednesday, when he told reporters that offensive lineman Tyre Phillips (knee) would be going on short-term injured reserve. But in years past, he’s also deflected injury inquiries during the final media availability period before games, explaining that answers would be found on the injury report.