The Ravens got a little bit of good news Monday morning regarding their offensive line — and then a little bit of the bad.
Starting left tackle Ronnie Stanley made his first training camp appearance after suffering a fractured and dislocated left ankle in a 28-24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 1 — about 48 hours after inking a five-year, $98.75 million extension with the team.
Stanley worked with the offensive line during positional drills, but did not participate in exercises pitting the rush offense against the rush defense, staying on the sideline with a few trainers. He then walked back inside the team’s training facility in Owings Mills after about 30 minutes on the field.
Still, coach John Harbaugh was encouraged by Stanley’s abbreviated debut.
“It was good that he was out here,” Harbaugh said. “I think we were hoping for right around now. He’s certainly very much on schedule. He’s working really hard. You see him working in here the last couple weeks, and we’ve been impressed. So that was good to see.”
But shortly after Stanley’s practice ended, he was joined by center Bradley Bozeman. The fourth-year player who has been lining up with the first offense walked inside with a trainer after the first 90 minutes of practice, but Harbaugh said he did not think the issue was severe.
“That was precautionary, not serious,” he said. “Just a little strain. I don’t know what it will do for him for tomorrow, but it shouldn’t be long-term.”
Finally, Harbaugh said not much has changed regarding the status of right guard Kevin Zeitler, who is dealing with a foot sprain.
“It’s the same. It’s a sprain,” Harbaugh said. “So it won’t be like a day or two, but it won’t be a month.”
Josh Oliver shines
If Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle are the certainties at tight end, Josh Oliver did what he could to position himself to join them as the third option by putting together a solid outing Monday.
A former third-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019 from San Jose State, the 6-foot-5, 249-pound Oliver sandwiched a dropped catch with receptions off a short pass from quarterback Tyler Huntley on an out route and a medium gain from quarterback Lamar Jackson on a slant.
But during a seven-on-seven drill in the red zone, Oliver leapt over cornerback Anthony Averett to grab a throw from Jackson and complete a 20-yard touchdown reception and then caught a pass over the middle from quarterback Trace McSorley for another scoring play of 17 yards. He also added another catch over the middle from Jackson that put the ball inside the 5-yard line.
Oliver has battled back from hamstring and foot injuries, playing just four games in two years and producing three catches for 15 yards. Harbaugh said Oliver is making strides.
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“He’s done a really good job. It’s just going to come down to learning. He hasn’t played a lot of football in the NFL, but he’s a talented guy. So just for him, getting out there and getting the experience in all the situations and being in those situations and taking it to the game and taking it to the next week and to the next game and just seeing where he comes out at the end of that after a few games, that’s the process for him. But he’s done well.”
- Wide receiver Marquise Brown made a brief appearance at practice, running sprints on a sideline under the watchful eyes of a trainer. He has been out since July 29 due to a hamstring injury.
- Rookie wideout Rashod Bateman returned to camp after missing several days last week because of muscle tightness. Fellow wide receivers Miles Boykin (hamstring) and Deon Cain (unspecified) did not participate, but Siaosi Mariner joined the group. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound wideout joined the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted rookie who caught 63 passes for 987 yards and 10 touchdowns in 13 games as a senior at Utah State in 2019.
- Absent from practice were tight end Nick Boyle (left knee surgery), defensive end Calais Campbell, outside linebacker Pernell McPhee, cornerback Jimmy Smith (low right ankle sprain) and defensive back Nigel Warrior (bone bruise in knee).
- Stanley was activated off the physically-unable-to-perform list after passing his physical.
- To make space for Mariner, the Ravens waived tight end Jake Breeland, who signed in 2019 as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon. Breeland, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2019, was never cleared to practice during his time in Baltimore.