BALTIMORE — An estimated crowd of 25,000 Baltimore Ravens fans received quite a scare when rookie left tackle Ronnie Stanley left the field at M&T Bank Stadium and headed to the locker room midway through the team’s open practice Saturday night.
Head coach John Harbaugh said the injury was not serious and called it a soft-tissue issue. Stanley, the sixth-overall pick in April’s NFL Draft, told ESPN that he was “perfectly fine” after practice.
Veteran James Hurst was Baltimore’s backup left tackle a season ago. But another rookie, fourth-round pick Alex Lewis, took the first-team reps at the position after Stanley left the field.
“He did OK; he had the one holding [penalty]. The nice thing about Alex is he doesn’t get fazed. It isn’t too big for him. He has played in a lot of big football games,” Harbaugh said. “I said something to him about [the holding penalty] and he said, ‘I’m not worried about it, we will get the next play.’ He stepped in there and had a ton of practice out there and did an OK job.”
Lewis, a Nebraska alumni, has taken practice reps at both guard and tackle in his first training camp.
“I’ve been bouncing back from guard to tackle in practice this past week. I’m just trying to go out there and do what the vets say and try to get better,” Lewis said. “I played tackle for two years and guard for a year. It’s kind of balanced, but I’m learning everyday. I’m learning new things all the time, no matter what position I’m playing.”
Offensive line coach Juan Castillo endorsed Lewis on Thursday, saying that the rookie “is going to be a starter in the NFL.” He added that it could be at either position.
Wide receiver Chris Mattews was the only other player to leave practice Saturday. Like Stanley, Harbaugh said the injury was a soft-tissue issue and deemed it to be not serious.
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