Left Tackle Eugene Monroe Active vs. Patriots


The Ravens will have their starting left tackle back in the lineup for Saturday's divisional-round matchup with the New England Patriots.

Eugene Monroe is active and expected to start after missing the last two games with an ankle injury. He was officially listed as questionable coming into the weekend after being a limited participant in practice all week.

With Monroe back in the lineup,* *the question now becomes what the Ravens will do on the right side of the line. Rookie James Hurst could move to right tackle, where he briefly played against the Texans in Week 15 after Rick Wagner went down with a foot injury. The other option would be for the Ravens to stick with the lineup they've used the last two games, where Marshal Yanda plays right tackle and rookie John Urschel plays right guard.

In addition to Monroe's return, the Ravens will also get a key defender back in the lineup. Rookie defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (foot/ankle) is active after being out last week against Pittsburgh. Jernigan has come on strong the second half of the season and could help provide an interior pass rush on quarterback Tom Brady.

Monroe and Jernigan were the only injury questions coming into the game, and the Ravens' inactives are all healthy scratches. The inactives for Baltimore are cornerback Chris Greenwood, defensive linemen Terrence Cody, Casey Walker, DeAngelo Tyson and Steve Means, tight end Phillip Supernaw and offensive lineman Ryan Jensen.

For the Patriots, the biggest surprise was that running back Jonas Gray (ankle) is inactive after being listed as probable on Friday's injury report. Gray leads the team in rushing, but the Patriots instead decided to go with Shane Vereen and LeGarrette Blount in the backfield.

The other scratches for New England are wide receiver Josh Boyce, offensive linemen Jordan Devey and Cameron Fleming, defensive lineman Zach Moore and tight end Steve Maneri.

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