In­juries could change left side of of­fen­sive line this week

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS WEEKEND - By Ed­ward Lee ed­ward.lee@balt­ twit­­wardLeeSun Bal­ti­more Sun re­porter Jonas Shaf­fer con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle.

Left tackle Ron­nie Stan­ley (foot) and left guard Alex Lewis (con­cus­sion) sat out their sec­ond straight day of prac­tice, rais­ing fur­ther doubt about the rook­ies’ chances of start­ing in the Ravens’ game against the Oak­land Raiders on Sun­day. If that’s the case, the team likely would turn to James Hurst and Ryan Jensen.

Hurst, 6 feet 5, 312 pounds, started eight games at left tackle last sea­son and is listed on the depth chart as the pri­mary backup for the 6-6, 320-pound Stan­ley, the sixth over­all pick in the 2016 NFL draft, and right tackle Rick Wag­ner. Hurst prac­ticed with the starters Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day.

“Be­ing the backup, you’ve got to be ready to go any­where,” he said af­ter Thurs­day’s prac­tice. “So this week, I’ve been lucky enough to get reps in with the [starters] in prac­tice, which is good. Ob­vi­ously, they play the guys that are in, but also just get­ting into the game plan and be­ing in­volved and ev­ery­thing like that, I’m ex­cited about it. I’m go­ing to go out there, and I’m pre­par­ing like I’m the starter.”

Sim­i­larly, the 6-4, 310-pound Jensen has been fill­ing in for the 6-6, 315-pound Lewis, a fourth-round draft pick. Jensen played the fi­nal 10 snaps on of­fense in the 19-17 win against the Jack­sonville Jaguars on Sun­day af­ter Lewis suf­fered a con­cus­sion in the fourth quar­ter.

“It’s tough com­ing in that late in a game in that kind of sit­u­a­tion, but I al­ways pre­pare like I’m go­ing to be the start­ing guy,” Jensen said. “Al­ways ready on the side­line, al­ways stay­ing loose and be­ing ready to go in at a mo­ment’s no­tice be­cause that’s how it hap­pened in the week.”

Hurst strug­gled at times at left tackle last sea­son, and many fans blamed him when he was pushed into quar­ter­back Joe Flacco, who se­ri­ously in­jured his left knee on the play in the fi­nal minute of a16-13 win against the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 22. Jensen started six games at left guard in 2015, but Lewis passed him and ex­pected starter John Urschel on the depth chart in the pre­sea­son. Urschel (shoul­der) prac­ticed for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day but has yet to be ac­tive for a game.

Of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Marc Trest­man ex­pressed faith in Hurst and Jensen if Stan­ley and Lewis can­not go against the Raiders.

“We’ve played with the guys that are in there now,” he said. “We’ve played and moved the ball suc­cess­fully in the times they’ve been in there. So we’re re­ally con­fi­dent in that area. Ob­vi­ously, we felt very good about Alex and Ron­nie, and we’ll see what the train­ers and doc­tors say and [coach] John [ Har­baugh] de­ter­mines at the end of the week, how that goes. But we feel good about the guys that we have.” Dumervil backs up Suggs’ an­nounce­ment: Elvis Dumervil con­firmed Thurs­day what Ter­rell Suggs an­nounced for him Wed­nes­day. The Ravens out­side linebacker in­tends to make his 2016 de­but in Sun­day’s game against the Oak­land Raiders.

A day af­ter Suggs had said “We get an­other guy back this week,” with­out nam­ing Dumervil, Dumervil chuck­led when asked whether he will play against the Raiders.

“Since my guy al­ready said it, that’s what we’re shoot­ing for,” said Dumveril, who has been slow to re­turn af­ter un­der­go­ing foot surgery in the off­sea­son but prac­ticed fully for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day. “I can’t use that no more. I’m ex­cited to go in front of our crowd. The team has be­ing do­ing great. Three-and-0 start. Against a tough op­po­nent. Well-coached team. Good of­fense. So Price misses prac­tice: In ad­di­tion to Stan­ley and Lewis, cor­ner­back Shel­don Price (thigh) did not prac­tice. Price had been listed as lim­ited in Wed­nes­day’s in­jury re­port.

Suggs also did not par­tic­i­pate in Thurs­day’s ses­sion, as he took his cus­tom­ary day off

Re­turn spe­cial­ist Devin Hester Sr. (thigh) and rookie run­ning back Ken­neth Dixon (strained MCL in left knee) were lim­ited for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day.

De­fen­sive tackle Timmy Jerni­gan (knee) and wide re­ceiver Ka­mar Aiken (knee) re­turned af­ter sit­ting out Wed­nes­day’s prac­tice and par­tic­i­pated fully.

Oak­land prac­ticed for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day with­out start­ing right tackle Mene­lik Wat­son (calf ). An­other starter, cen­ter Rod­ney Hud­son (knee), re­turned af­ter miss­ing Wed­nes­day’s ses­sion and par­tic­i­pated on a lim­ited ba­sis. End zone: Kicker Justin Tucker earned his third AFC Spe­cial Teams Player of the Month award af­ter con­vert­ing all nine of his field-goal at­tempts (in­clud­ing go­ing 3-for-3 from 50 yards or more) and all four of his ex­tra-point tries. ... A day af­ter Suggs be­moaned the lack of im­mo­bile quar­ter­backs such as Drew Bled­soe, the for­mer New Eng­land Pa­triot thanked Suggs via Twit­ter. “Ob­vi­ously I wasn’t very smart! Ap­pre­ci­ate the nod from Mr. Suggs. One of the fiercest pass rush­ers ever to play,” wrote Bled­soe, who ranks sixth in league his­tory in sacks taken with 467. ... Delaware will honor Flacco as part of its 20th Ath­let­ics Hall of Fame class. Flacco and oth­ers will be rec­og­nized at half­time of the school’s Oct. 29 home foot­ball game against Tow­son, which is dur­ing the Ravens’ bye week. Flacco played for Delaware in 2006 and 2007.


Left guard Alex Lewis, left, and left tackle Ron­nie Stan­ley sat out their sec­ond straight day of prac­tice Thurs­day. Lewis is re­cov­er­ing from a con­cus­sion, Stan­ley from a foot in­jury.

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