Despite three consecutive absences from practice for starting left tackle Ronnie Stanley, Ravens coach John Harbaugh did not rule out the rookie from playing in Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders.
Stanley, the sixth overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft who has started every game thus far, has been bothered by a foot injury. He wore a boot on Wednesday, but ditched the protective gear the next day.
Asked after Friday’s practice if Stanley’s injury is a long-term concern, Harbaugh replied, “I don’t see it that way from what I’ve been told. I still think he has a chance for Sunday. You’ll see the [injury] report coming out later, but we’re not going to rule him out.”
There is a little clarity on the availability of rookie left guard Alex Lewis. The organization’s fourth-round pick did not practice Wednesday and Thursday because of a concussion, but returned for Friday’s session.
“He looked really good in a walkthrough,” Harbaugh said of Lewis. “But it’s a concussion. There’s really no physical issue with Alex past the concussion protocol.”
If some combination of Stanley and Lewis cannot play against Oakland, James Hurst and Ryan Jensen are poised to start at left tackle and left guard, respectively. Harbaugh declined to call Stanley and Lewis “game-time decisions.”
“We’ll know after today,” he said. “I think Lewis is fine if he cleared the concussion protocol. So it wouldn’t be a game-time [decision] in his case if that’s in fact true, and I’m assuming it is.”