Friday, October 4, 2013
Comfort level to determine if Monroe plays
By Jamison Hensley
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Even though Eugene Monroe has only had two practices with the Baltimore Ravens, coach John Harbaugh wouldn't rule out the possibility of Monroe playing Sunday at the Miami Dolphins.
Harbaugh believes playing time will come down to Monroe's comfort level with the Ravens' offense and their line calls.
"The good thing is he knows what it’s like to play," Harbaugh said. "If he gives us feedback and he says he’s comfortable and he can go, I would think we’d be very confident that he knows what he’s talking about."
According to Harbaugh, Monroe has been working overtime in an effort to suit up this week. He was at the Ravens facility Thursday night with the rest of the offensive linemen trying to get up to speed and was back early Friday morning.
"I had a dinner with him and we were kind of talking and he’s like, ‘I got to go,'" Harbaugh said. "He went upstairs and went to work. I think we’re on schedule but I’m not sure what the schedule is."
It could be a situation where Monroe is active but doesn't start. He could rotate throughout the game with Bryant McKinnie before taking over the spot entirely the following Sunday.
The Dolphins typically line up Olivier Vernon (1.5 sacks, two quarterback hits) and rookie first-round pick Dion Jordan (one sack, three quarterback hits) over the left tackle.
"We’ll just have to see," Harbaugh said of Monroe's availability. "We've got some ideas. We've got some things we can do. But we've got to pull the trigger on that, too."