Ravens left tackle Ronnie Stanley exited Sunday’s 13-3 win over the Carolina Panthers after suffering a left ankle injury, though there is optimism he avoided serious damage.
The injury happened with a few minutes left in the third quarter when Panthers outside linebacker Brian Burns sacked quarterback Lamar Jackson, who fell into Stanley’s left ankle. Stanley remained on the ground before being looked at by trainers and limping off the field.
Stanley was evaluated in the medical tent and taken into the locker room before being ruled questionable to return. Although coach John Harbaugh did not provide an update on Stanley’s injury after the game, Jackson said his teammate appeared fine and in good spirits in the locker room.
“I went into the locker room after the game and checked on him, but he said he was pretty good,” Jackson said. “He just told me don’t fall into him so it was me that hurt him. I’m a little pissed off about that.”
Stanley has faced a long and difficult recovery since fracturing his left ankle against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 1, 2020, just days after signing a massive five-year contract extension. After undergoing surgery, he returned for the Ravens’ 2021 season opener against the Las Vegas Raiders, but he struggled in that game and eventually chose to have another season-ending surgery in October. Stanley said in September that he also underwent a separate “major” lower-body operation.
The Ravens have been cautious with Stanley this season, keeping him sidelined until Week 5, when he played limited snaps in a win against the Cincinnati Bengals. He has looked more like his 2019 All-Pro form in his six starts this season, allowing no sacks on just two quarterback pressures, according to Pro Football Focus.
Offensive lineman Patrick Mekari replaced Stanley after the injury Sunday. Rookie fourth-round pick Daniel Faalele has also played at left tackle this season after veteran Ju’Wuan James suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the season opener against the New York Jets.