Baltimore Sun

Guard on IR, but expects to return

- By Jonas Shaffer Ealy suspended

Ravens rookie guard Ben Cleveland was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, but he might not be there for too long.

The third-round pick, who was carted off the field Monday night with a knee injury, tweeted Tuesday that he got “positive news from the doctors today so we’ll be back soon and better than ever!”

After missing the second half of the Ravens’ comeback win over the Indianapol­is Colts, Cleveland will also miss at least the next three games on IR. The earliest the Georgia product can return is Week 10, when the Ravens face the Miami Dolphins.

Cleveland had split time with starter Ben Powers at left guard over the past four games, playing up to 46.6% of the offensive snaps in a Week 4 game over the Denver Broncos. With Cleveland sidelined and Tyre Phillips still working his way back from a Week 1 knee injury, the Ravens’ interior depth has thinned even further. Trystan Colon, who saw seven snaps Monday, is now the team’s top interior backup.

Ravens offensive tackle Adrian Ealy, a member of the team’s practice squad, has been suspended without pay for six games for violating the NFL’s drug policy, the league announced Tuesday.

Ealy’s suspension began Monday night and will continue until he is eligible to return Nov. 22, after the Ravens’ Week 11 game against the Chicago Bears.

As part of the ban, he will not be able to participat­e in team activities, including practice.

An undrafted rookie from Oklahoma, the 6-foot-6, 321-pound Ealy made the Ravens’ season-opening practice squad after an impressive preseason.

He has not appeared in a game this season, and the Ravens have not protected him from being acquired in their weekly transactio­ns.

The Ravens have three other offensive tackles on their practice squad: Andre Smith, who has been active for the past four games; David Sharpe; and Jaryd JonesSmith.

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