Ravens re­lease tackle Eu­gene Mon­roe

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— The Bal­ti­more Ravens have ter­mi­nated the con­tract of left tackle Eu­gene Mon­roe. The team an­nounced Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon that the move was of­fi­cial.

Mon­roe was not on the prac­tice field Tues­day or Wed­nes­day for the first two days of manda­tory mini­camp.

Ravens head coach John Har­baugh called the left tackle’s ab­sence on Tues­day a “front of­fice­type of sit­u­a­tion.” Bal­ti­more held Mon­roe out of prac­tice as gen­eral man­ager Ozzie New­some fielded trade in­quiries for him.

“My un­der­stand­ing right now is that teams are in­quir­ing about Eu­gene,” Har­baugh said Tues­day. “When you’re in that kind of a sit­u­a­tion, when there’s a pos­si­bil­ity of those kinds of things

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hap­pen­ing, you’re pretty much ob­li­gated to pull back and not prac­tice a guy. That where it’s at right now. It’s in Ozzie’s hands, and we’ll just see where it goes.”

Mon­roe did not par­tic­i­pate in vol­un­tary or­ga­nized team ac­tiv­i­ties while he re­cov­ered from sea­son-end­ing sol­dier surgery. He Tweeted last week that he was fi­nally cleared to par­tic­i­pate.

It was no sur­prise that the Ravens were shop­ping Mon­roe. He has proven to be in­jury prone, miss­ing 17 games over the past two sea­sons, in­clud­ing both play­offs games in 2014.

Bal­ti­more drafted left tackle Ron­nie Stan­ley sixth over­all in the past NFL Draft, a clear sign that Mon­roe was not a part of man­age­ment’s long-term plans. The Ravens are count­ing on Stan­ley to be the left tackle of the fu­ture, and Har­baugh said last week that he ex­pects the rookie to win the start­ing job.

Mon­roe has cam­paigned ac­tively for the NFL to re­move med­i­cal mar­i­juana from its banned sub­stance list this off­sea­son. He ar­gues that it can be a safer al­ter­na­tive to highly ad­dic­tive opi­oids that he feels are be­ing over-pre­scribed to treat the in­evitable pain in­volved with play­ing pro­fes­sional foot­ball. The Ravens’ or­ga­ni­za­tion has kept its dis­tance from Mon­roe’s cause.

On May 23, Mon­roe had a piece pub­lished in The Play­ers’ Tri­bune en­ti­tled ‘Get­ting Off the T Train.’ The “T Train” refers to the line of play­ers in NFL locker rooms be­fore a game wait­ing for a shot of To­radol, a pow­er­ful pain med­i­ca­tion, to help them make it through the game.

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GRO­GAN

The Bal­ti­more Ravens re­leased tackle Eu­gene Mon­roe, left, on Tues­day af­ter two sea­sons with the team.

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