Monroe will 'probably' start at left tackle

October, 11, 2013
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- While this won't come as a surprise, coach John Harbaugh indicated that Eugene Monroe will likely make his Baltimore Ravens debut Sunday as the team's starting left tackle.

Monroe had his first full week of practice since being traded from the Jacksonville Jaguars. On Wednesday, he said he was "ready to go" and practiced with the first-team offense.

"He did a heck of job this week. He looks good," Harbaugh said after Friday's practice. "We’ll anticipate that he’ll play quite a bit, and possibly start. And might even say probably start at this point."

Monroe was inactive in last Sunday's win at Miami, and Bryant McKinnie struggled to protect Joe Flacco's blind side. McKinnie gave up two quarterback hits and four hurries.

The Ravens gave McKinnie the day off on Wednesday to rest and he practiced the rest of the week. It sounds like he'll be the primary backup at tackle on Sunday.

"He had a very good week (of practice) as well," Harbaugh said.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter



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