Ravens All-Pro left tackle Ronnie Stanley said after practice Tuesday that he’s close to feeling like himself again, and plans to be a “full-go” for the team’s Week 1 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sept. 13.
“I think I’m just building up that flexibility,” said Stanley, who fractured and dislocated his left ankle against the Steelers on Nov. 1. “It’s just taking some time, but other than that, I feel really good. My technique feels good.”
Stanley has been taking things slowly since returning to training camp Aug. 9. Stanley, who participated fully for the second straight day Tuesday, noted he wants to return to an elite level.
Stanley moved well during team drills. During one 11-on-11 rep, Stanley slipped but immediately got back up. “Someone’s gonna fall eventually, and you definitely got to be ready for that,” he said. “I’m glad the first time it happened in practice.”
Stanley, who only played six games in 2020, admitted it was weird when he returned to the field for the first time.
“Being in a completely different state than I was the last time I was on the field just reminded me of how far it came from that last time I was on the field,” he said.
The Pro-Bowl tackle injured his ankle two days after signing a five-year, $98.75 million extension with the Ravens. Throughout his recovery process, Stanley watched his current and former team — Notre Dame — with frustration, knowing he couldn’t be on the field.
Stanley used a unique method to find peace, however. He spent time with his dogs, played video games and meditated, which he says has been a part of his pregame routine.
“I think meditation really helped me a lot,” Stanley said. “It definitely helps when trying to get something off your mind especially when going through an injury.”
Stanley hasn’t gotten a chance to lineup alongside his new teammates on the line for a meaningful snap yet but he likes the mixture between young players and veterans on the new-look offensive line. Yet he understands it will take some time for the chemistry to fully develop, and he’s eager to be part of it.
“Whoever I’m playing next to, we’re gonna figure it out and we’re gonna work through it,” Stanley said. “I’m happy I can still be there to help guide whoever’s playing.”
Left guard Ben Cleveland practiced for the second straight day since returning from a concussion. Tyre Phillips, who is also in contention for the left guard spot, returned to practice after missing Saturday’s game with an injured ankle.
No update on injured wideouts
The Ravens only had six of their 12 wide receivers at practice Tuesday. James Proche II was absent after tweaking his back at practice on Monday. Hollywood Brown and Miles Boykin were not in attendance despite doing rehab work on an open field the day before.
Coach John Harbaugh said he won’tgive a definitive update on Brown and Boykin’s timeline to return.
“It’s never definitive,” Harbaugh said. “I mean, I’m not getting definitive updates either. So we’ll see how it goes.”
Jaylon Moore, Devin Duvernay, Tylan Wallace and Binjimen Victor were among the receivers that suited up. Harbaugh felt the receivers held up well with the additional reps.
“That’s the biggest challenge we’ve had at camp,” Harbaugh said. “We’re pretty good in every spot, but the wide receiver spot is thin with the guys out.”
When asked if there will be enough time to get the receivers in rhythm by the season opener, Harbaugh said “there’s gotta be.”
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>> J.K. Dobbins had one of the best plays of the morning. Dobbins ran a wheel route and beat linebacker Patrick Queen for a catch down the sidelines. It was hard to tell which was more impressive — the catch or Lamar Jackson’s ability to squeeze the ball past Queen, who tightly covered the running back.
“[Dobbins] has been doing a pretty good job,” Jackson said. “When we worked out in Arizona, he was catching the ball pretty good.”
>>Harbaugh continues to praise Tavon Young’s return from his knee injury. “He’s moving around well,” Harbaugh said. “He knows what he’s doing. He’s excited to play. Just the repetitions of strengthening it and getting the time on task — callusing up, so to speak — is what he’s working on.”
>>Safety DeShon Elliott, defensive linemen Derek Wolfe and Calais Campbell, outside linebacker Pernell McPhee and running back Justice Hill were among notable players that didn’t practice. Defensive tackle Aaron Crawford returned to practice as a limited participant after missing last week with an undisclosed injury.