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