A. Lewis, Urschel in line to start ver­sus Red­skins

Ravens get an­other shot at Cousins; TE Wil­liams put on in­jured re­serve

Baltimore Sun - - NFL & RAVENS - By Ed­ward Lee ed­ward.lee@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/Ed­wardLeeSun Bal­ti­more Sun re­porter Jeff Zre­biec con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle.

With rookie left tackle Ron­nie Stan­ley miss­ing his sixth con­sec­u­tive prac­tice Fri­day, and af­ter left tackle James Hurst and left guard Ryan Jensen en­dured un­even show­ings in Sun­day’s 28-27 loss to the Oak­land Raiders, Ravens rookie Alex Lewis and John Urschel are in line to start at left tackle and left guard, re­spec­tively, against the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins at M&T Bank Sta­dium on Sun­day.

Lewis, who started the first three games at left guard be­fore suf­fer­ing a con­cus­sion that kept him on the side­line against Oak­land, played left tackle at Ne­braska in 2014 and 2015 and filled in for Stan­ley in the Ravens’ fi­nal pre­sea­son game at the New Or­leans Saints on Sept. 1. Lewis said Fri­day that he is fine with mov­ing to left tackle.

“You’ve just got to know where your help is at tackle, es­pe­cially rook­ies,” he said. “I ex­pect a lit­tle help, but at the same time you’ve got to un­der­stand that when they call you to be on an is­land, you’ve got to go back to your fun­da­men­tals. It doesn’t re­ally mat­ter what the guy across from you is do­ing. It’s stick­ing to your fun­da­men­tals and do­ing your tech­nique and get­ting your job done.”

Stan­ley has been both­ered by a foot in­jury for the past two weeks and sat out against the Raiders. Stan­ley de­clared him­self a game-time de­ci­sion Thurs­day but is listed as doubt­ful for the game against Wash­ing­ton.

Hurst did not sur­ren­der a sack Sun­day but was flagged for hold­ing once, had an­other hold­ing penalty de­clined and al­lowed de­fen­sive end Khalil Mack to hit quar­ter­back Joe Flacco twice.

Jensen com­mit­ted hold­ing and false-start penal­ties against Oak­land. Urschel was in­ac­tive for the team’s first three games be­fore play­ing a backup role Sun­day.

Coach John Har­baugh ac­knowl­edged that he would pre­fer start­ing the same play­ers on the of­fen­sive line ev­ery week.

“You al­ways want con­ti­nu­ity,” he said. “Con­ti­nu­ity builds on it­self, and that’s what you want. But we’re blessed with some depth. We feel like we have some depth, es­pe­cially this year more than other years. But other teams have had the same prob­lem. Wash­ing­ton, Oak­land, ev­ery­body’s got in­juries in dif­fer­ent spots. Some­times it kind of gangs up on you in cer­tain po­si­tions, but you just have to deal with it.” Hello again: The last time the Ravens faced the Red­skins, a rookie quar­ter­back led Wash­ing­ton to a 31-28 over­time win on Dec. 9, 2012. The Ravens will meet that same quar­ter­back Sun­day at M&T Bank Sta­dium, but it’s not Robert Grif­fin III.

Kirk Cousins, the Red­skins’ fourth-round draft pick in 2012, re­placed Grif­fin, the No. 2 over­all pick in the same draft who left for the Cleve­land Browns this off­sea­son, late in the fourth quar­ter and de­liv­ered the over­time win. In his first year as a starter last sea­son, Cousins set a fran­chise sin­gle-sea­son record for pass­ing yards with 4,166, tied for sec­ond in club his­tory with 29 pass­ing touch­downs and led the league with a .698 com­ple­tion per- John Urschel was in­ac­tive for the team’s first three games. He played a backup role Sun­day against the Raiders and could start at left guard this week. cen­t­age. Cousins ranks sixth in the NFL in pass­ing yards (1,172).

There are only 11 Ravens play­ers left from that 2012 sea­son, but one, out­side linebacker Ter­rell Suggs, re­mem­bers Cousins vividly.

“He did a pretty good against us, too, un­for­tu­nately,” Suggs said be­fore jok­ingly lob­bing an ex­ple­tive at Cousins. “He had a re­ally good game, and he’s also had suc­cess. He won a job. They took it from a guy that I think was fa­vored to have the po­si­tion. It goes to show the kid can play and they be­lieve in him.” Maxx Wil­liams to IR: The Ravens placed Maxx Wil­liams on in­jured re­serve Fri­day, end­ing the sec­ondyear tight end’s sea­son. Wil­liams has been deal­ing with car­ti­lage prob­lems in his knee, ac­cord­ing to Har­baugh.

A sec­ond-round pick in 2015, Wil­liams didn’t have a re­cep­tion through the first four games this year af­ter an un­even rookie sea­son in which he had 32 catches for 268 yards and a touch­down in 14 games. Har­baugh said Wil­liams will likely un­dergo surgery.

“It’s some­thing that has been both­er­ing him all along,” Har­baugh said Fri­day. “He’s had it for a while, and part of it is the way his knee is built, and part of it is an in­jury last year in San Fran­cisco that dam­aged the car­ti­lage a lit­tle bit. And the way the knee is built, it just kind of made it worse. We were hop­ing to get him through the sea­son and then get some­thing done at the end of the sea­son, but it has just flared up too many times now for his well-be­ing and his fu­ture. As he told me yes­ter­day, ‘I’m 22 years old, I’ve got a ca­reer in front of me, let me take care of this right now.’ ”

The Ravens didn’t an­nounce a cor­re­spond­ing move for Wil­liams, but it does free up a spot on the 53-man ros­ter for tight end Dar­ren Waller. Waller has been prac­tic­ing with the team and is el­i­gi­ble to play af­ter serv­ing a four-game sus­pen­sion for vi­o­lat­ing the league’s sub­stance­abuse pol­icy.

Den­nis Pitta and Crock­ett Gill- more re­main the team’s top two tight ends. Daniel Brown was added to the ac­tive ros­ter this week. End zone: Re­turn spe­cial­ist Devin Hester Sr. re­turned to Fri­day’s prac­tice for lim­ited par­tic­i­pa­tion, mark­ing his first ap­pear­ance since in­jur­ing his thigh Sun­day. Hester, who had sat out Wed­nes­day’s and Thurs­day’s ses­sions, is ques­tion­able for the Red­skins game. Rookie run­ning back Ken­neth Dixon (strained left MCL) and cor­ner­back Shel­don Price (thigh) prac­ticed fully Fri­day and are listed as ques­tion­able. … Wash­ing­ton ruled start­ing cor­ner­back Bashaud Bree­land (strained ten­don in an­kle) out for Sun­day. Listed as ques­tion­able are two starters: out­side linebacker Ryan Ker­ri­gan (sprained left el­bow) and left guard Shawn Lau­vao (an­kle). Two other starters, de­fen­sive end Chris Baker (el­bow and toe) and left tackle Trent Wil­liams (knee), are not on the in­jury re­port. … The Red­skins’ Jor­dan Reed leads NFL tight ends with 25 catches, ranks third with 263 yards and is tied for third with two touch­downs. Ravens strong safety Eric Wed­dle re­mem­bered Reed from when he caught four passes for 37 yards and rushed once for 18 in a 30-24 win against the San Diego Charg­ers on Nov. 3, 2013. “It’s go­ing to be fun,” Wed­dle said. “You al­ways like go­ing against great play­ers at their po­si­tions. It brings out the best in your­self. We def­i­nitely have to have a so­lu­tion for him. They have three great wide­outs. They present some tough matchups for us, some chal­lenges.” … The Ravens de­feated the Browns and the Jack­sonville Jaguars when Har­baugh wore his gray, team-is­sued T-shirt. Af­ter not wear­ing the T-shirt Sun­day and watch­ing the Ravens lose to the Raiders, Har­baugh would not com­mit to bring­ing back the gray T-shirt against Wash­ing­ton on a day with a pro­jected high of 68. “I could layer it a lit­tle bit. I could layer a cou­ple T-shirts,” he said. “We’ll see. We’ll see how it feels. But I don’t like be­ing cold.”


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