Ravens Place LT Eugene Monroe On Injured Reserve, Promote QB Bryn Renner, WR Chris Matthews


The season is over for Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe. 

The veteran lineman was placed on injured reserve Saturday because of a shoulder issue that has lingered for much of the season. Monroe missed the last two games because of the injury, and he ultimately decided to call it a season after having an MRI earlier this week. 

In addition to placing Monroe on injured reserve, the Ravens also cut offensive lineman Kaleb Johnson and promoted quarterback Bryn Renner and wide receiver Chris Matthews from the practice squad. 

Renner's promotion comes just three days after he was signed to the practice squad, and it's an indication that starter Matt Schaub may not be able to play Sunday against Seattle. 

Schaub didn't practice all week after taking a beating last week against Miami, and he was officially listed as questionable on the final injury report.

If Schaub is out, then Jimmy Clausen would make his first start in a Ravens uniform and Renner would be active for his first NFL game.

Head Coach John Harbaugh wouldn't tip his hand about the quarterback situation on Friday, but he did express confidence in Clausen after he took all the first-team snaps in practice. 

"He did very well. Jimmy is smart," Harbaugh said. "He has been in this basic system before. He knows how to handle himself. He has played a lot of football, so he's fine."

Matthews comes up to the active roster after spending three weeks on the practice squad. He was actually on the Seahawks last year and was an unlikely star on the Super Bowl, catching four losses for 109 yards and a touchdown. 

The 6-foot-5 receiver gives the Ravens another big target in the lineup. 

Safety Nick Perry was also signed to the practice squad.

As far as Monroe, his move to injured reserve brings an end to a disappointing season for the seven-year veteran. He played in just six games, and he left three of those games early because of injury. He missed time because of a concussion and shoulder and knee injuries. 

Backup left tackle James Hurst has actually played significantly more than Monroe this season. Hurst has played 546 snaps compared to just 319 for Monroe.

"It's just unfortunate for Eugene," Harbaugh said earlier this week. "He has had the shoulder issues that have been nagging him. Between him, his doctor and his agent, he'll have to make a decision about whether he wants to play with it for the rest of the year."

The tough year for Monroe comes in the second season of his five-year, $37 million contract. The Ravens locked up Monroe before the 2014 season with the expectation for him to be the franchise left tackle, but he has missed 17 games since that point. 

Monroe's status as the long-term left tackle will certainly be under discussion during the offseason because of all the injuries he has dealt with the last two seasons.

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