News And Notes 8/6: Ronnie Stanley Suffers Soft-Tissue Injury


The Ravens had a minor scare in Saturday's practice as rookie first-round pick Ronnie Stanley left early and headed for the locker room.

Before you break into a cold sweat, there's good news.

Head Coach John Harbaugh said it's just a soft-tissue issue that's not too serious.

"I'm perfectly fine," Stanley told ESPN.

Stanley told The Baltimore Sun that he's sore but fine, and confident he’ll be able to play in Thursday's preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers.

With Stanley out, fourth-round rookie Alex Lewis stepped into the left tackle spot with the first-team offense instead of James Hurst, who was the backup left tackle last year. He had one holding penalty, but otherwise held his own.

"The nice thing about Alex is he doesn't get fazed," Harbaugh said. "He's played in a lot of big football games. He stepped in there."

Here are other notes from practice:

  • In addition to the five players on the physically unable to perform list, those not practicing included cornerback Jimmy Smith (undisclosed), safety Matt Elam (undisclosed), wide receiver Michael Campanaro (undisclosed), wide receiver Chris Moore (undisclosed), tight end Crockett Gillmore (hamstring), tight end Dennis Pitta (finger), cornerback Maurice Canady (undisclosed) and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (ribs).
  • Wide receiver Chris Matthews was the only other player who left practice and went to the locker room early. Harbaugh also said he had a soft-tissue issue.
  • Rookie fourth-round running back Kenneth Dixon had a strong practice with two long runs. One showcased his wiggle to get outside, and then he juked a couple defenders and blitzed  up the sideline. The other showed his vision and good feet with a cut up the middle. Harbaugh said the third-down gallop was a "pretty special run."
  • Rookie receiver/returner Keenan Reynolds had a bouceback practice. He had a tough outing in the first stadium practice on Monday night, but one of his best Saturday. He caught the ball well as a receiver and returner, and seemed to be more at ease.
  • Running back Terrance West continues to impress with his feet, making very decisive lateral cuts before plowing up-field. And don't get in his way. He trucked into one linebacker before reaching the goal line, and he wouldn't have been stopped even if it were a full-tackle drill.
  • Quarterback Joe Flacco hit wide receiver Kamar Aiken on a 55-yard bomb. Aiken adjusted better to the ball than safety Eric Weddle and came underneath cornerback Shareece Wright. It was somewhat similar to the Hail Mary against Kansas City last year. Aiken tracks the ball very well.
  • Weddle picked off Flacco when a lofted pass got through the hands of receiver Jeremy Butler and landed in Weddle's arms. Flacco and Weddle have had a battle of wits throughout camp.
  • Hurst is holding his own at left guard. The Ravens have been giving him a shot to prove himself inside and he got multiple kudos from Offensive Line Coach Juan Castillo in one-on-one drills.
  • Defensive end Brent Urban blew up one run before it even got its legs, busting into the backfield to wrap up running back Buck Allen. Later on, defensive end Lawrence Guy did the same thing before picking up reserve running back Stephen Houston. With the season-ending injury to rookie Bronson Kaufusi, Urban and Guy will have an even bigger role in the defense.
  • Flacco was easily picked off by Wright when receiver Mike Wallace kept running and Flacco thought he was breaking off the route. It's a rare miscommunication between the two. Wright also had a pass breakup in 7-on-7 red-zone drills.
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