Rookie LT Stan­ley eyes re­turn from foot in­jury

Smith look­ing for­ward to match­ing up against Giants WR Beck­ham

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS & NFL - By Ed­ward Lee ed­ward.lee@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/Ed­wardLeeSun

With right guard Mar­shal Yanda and right tackle Rick Wag­ner deal­ing with in­juries and sit­ting out Wednes­day’s prac­tice, the Ravens of­fen­sive line could use a boost. Rookie left tackle Ron­nie Stan­ley would love to help.

The sixth over­all draft pick sat out his sev­enth con­sec­u­tive prac­tice be­cause of his foot but called the chances of his re­turn­ing for Sun­day’s game against the New York Giants “good.”

“Day by day, it’s get­ting bet­ter ev­ery day,” Stan­ley said Wednes­day. “So I’m very happy with the progress.”

Stan­ley, who has sat out the team’s past two games, said he has be­gun to reach cer­tain bench­marks in his re­cov­ery, such as an­chor­ing, push­ing off and chang­ing di­rec­tion. Stan­ley said he thinks he would need just one prac­tice to re­gain his rhythm.

“It’s re­ally all men­tal at this level, fig­ur­ing out what the guy you’re go­ing against likes to do and his ten­den­cies and what­not — re­ally, the whole de­fen­sive scheme, and that’s just through study­ing and film work,” he said.

With­out Stan­ley, the Ravens started James Hurst in a 28-27 loss to the Oak­land Raiders on Oct. 2 and fel­low rookie Alex Lewis in a 16-10 loss to the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins on Sun­day. Wag­ner in­jured his thigh against the Red­skins, forc­ing Yanda to move from right guard to right tackle and backup Ryan Jensen to fill in at right guard.

Stan­ley ac­knowl­edged that in­juries to the line have height­ened his de­sire to re­turn.

“See­ing my guys out there fight­ing and fight­ing their butts off, I def­i­nitely want to be out there and help them,” he said.

Wide re­ceiver Mike Wal­lace, who in­jured his ribs against Wash­ing­ton, wore a non­con­tact pin­nie dur­ing Wednes­day’s prac­tice. But he said it was only pre­cau­tion­ary.

“I’m a lit­tle sore, but I’ll be fine,” he

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Cor­ner­back Sha­reece Wright re­turned after miss­ing Sun­day’s game be­cause of back spasms that he said be­gan to flare up last week. He said the pain has sub­sided to the point where he will be avail­able to play against New York, bar­ring any set­backs. Jimmy Smith vs. Beck­ham: Jimmy Smith has lined up against promis­ing young wide re­ceivers this sea­son. Sun­day’s game against the Giants should present the Ravens cor­ner­back with his most dif­fi­cult as­sign­ment yet: Odell Beck­ham Jr.

Beck­ham caught 200 passes in just 30 games, the fewest in NFL his­tory, and is tied with for­mer Hous­ton Oil­ers wide­out Bill Gro­man for the fewest games (21) to com­pile 2,000 re­ceiv­ing yards.

While Beck­ham’s tal­ent is dif­fi­cult to deny, his 2016 sea­son has not gone smoothly.

Beck­ham is tied for 13th in the NFL in re­cep­tions (27) and ranks 18th in yards (359). He caught his first touch­down of the sea­son in Sun­day’s 23-16 loss to the Green Bay Pack­ers.

Beck­ham has gar­nered more at­ten­tion so far for his emo­tional out­bursts in losses to the Red­skins and Min­nesota Vik­ings. The book on Beck­ham is that when de­fend­ers are phys­i­cal and talk­a­tive with him, he strug­gles.

Smith said he is look­ing for­ward to match­ing up against Beck­ham, not get­ting into an al­ter­ca­tion with him.

“I don’t play the game to try to knock you out of the game,” he said. “I’m just go­ing to play my game — the phys­i­cal as­pect of it, run­ning around and hit­ting peo­ple and all that. If we’re go­ing to have to get ex­tracur­ric­u­lar after the whis­tle, if that’s the game he wants to play, we’ll play that game. If he wants to play the game reg­u­lar and he wants to go out and com­pete, then we’ll com­pete.” Fundraiser for Bri­g­ance: The Bri­g­ance Bri­gade Foun­da­tion, cre­ated by Ravens se­nior ad­viser to player en­gage­ment O.J. Bri­g­ance and his wife, Chanda, will hold a fundraiser and cel­e­bra­tion for Bri­g­ance’s 47th birth­day Oct. 21 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Bal­ti­more.

The sec­ond an­nual “Soiree with O.J. – A Rockin’ Good Time!” will raise funds to fur­ther the mis­sion of his foun­da­tion, which helps peo­ple liv­ing with ALS.

Sev­eral cur­rent and for­mer Ravens — in­clud­ing Ter­rell Suggs, C.J. Mosley, Zachary Orr, Mor­gan Cox and Trevor Pryce — are ex­pected to at­tend.

“It is an amaz­ing feel­ing to be able to hold this event nine years after my di­ag­no­sis, and cel­e­brate turn­ing 47. I truly am blessed,” Bri­g­ance, a for­mer Ravens spe­cial team ace, said in a re­lease. “But this event is about way more than a birth­day, this event is about rais­ing much needed funds and aware­ness.”

The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tick­ets can be pur­chased at brig­ance­bri­gade.org. End zone: In ad­di­tion to the three ab­sent of­fen­sive line­men, out­side lineback­ers Suggs (non­in­jury rea­sons) and Elvis Dumervil (foot), in­side line­backer Mosley (ham­string) and wide re­ceiver Steve Smith Sr. (an­kle) did not prac­tice. Mosley is ex­pected to miss an in­def­i­nite pe­riod. Re­turn spe­cial­ist Devin Hester Sr. (thigh) par­tic­i­pated on a lim­ited ba­sis. … The Ravens claimed of­fen­sive line­man Billy Turner off waivers. To make room for Turner, the club waived out­side line­backer Chris Carter.

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