Ravens rookie safety Kyle Hamilton and left tackle Ronnie Stanley’s injuries are “definitely trending in the right direction” after the two standouts left Sunday’s win over the Carolina Panthers, coach John Harbaugh said Monday.
Hamilton limped off the field in the third quarter with an apparent left knee injury, and Stanley exited later in the period with an injury to his left ankle, which first required surgery in 2020. Neither returned to the game.
“Ronnie still has an MRI to get, so we’ll find out the final [evaluation] on that,” Harbaugh said Monday. “But it was trending really well last night and this morning, and Kyle the same thing. ... The X-rays look good, so it’s trending in the right way. His knee’s stable and all that kind of thing.”
Hamilton, who’s emerged as one of the team’s most consistent defenders since struggling early in the season, was one of the Ravens’ top players in their 13-3 win on Sunday. Stanley allowed just one quarterback pressure in 31 pass-blocking snaps against the Panthers, according to Pro Football Focus. He missed the Ravens’ first four games this season while rehabilitating his second straight season-ending ankle injury but has been one of the NFL’s top pass protectors when healthy.
With Hamilton sidelined, the Ravens turned more to defensive back Brandon Stephens, who played 26 defensive snaps. Patrick Mekari stepped in at left tackle for Stanley, playing 22 snaps.
Bateman undergoes surgery
Top Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman underwent successful surgery on his season-ending Lisfranc (foot) injury this past weekend, Harbaugh said.
Bateman, who had 15 catches on 28 targets for 285 yards and two touchdowns in six games this season, texted Harbaugh after the operation and told him that it went “really well.” Harbaugh said Bateman’s recovery time will be less than normal because the Lisfranc injury is not especially severe.
“I know he’s excited about that, and I don’t know the time frame is for him coming back, but it’s going to be good for next year,” Harbaugh said.
- Running back Gus Edwards, who sat out Sunday’s game after being limited in practice by hamstring and knee injuries, “wanted to go” against Carolina but wasn’t ready, Harbaugh said. Edwards has missed the team’s past two games. “There was some optimism that he would get to the game, and it just didn’t quite work out,” Harbaugh said. “He just couldn’t do it, and you could see it. I could see it in practice on Friday and Thursday, so we’ll hold out the same hope this week. I think he’ll get there, but it’s just got to be right.”
- Harbaugh said practice squad wide receiver DeSean Jackson “just hasn’t quite come back as fast as you want” from a hamstring injury he suffered in his Week 9 debut. Jackson, 35, played 11 offensive snaps and had one catch for 16 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before being sidelined. He didn’t practice last week. “He’s working at it, and he’s going to be back, hopefully this week,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll see.”
- Safety Chuck Clark “had a pretty good little rib deal,” Harbaugh said, but played every snap for the defense. He appeared to get hurt in the second half.