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Ravens in 'wait-and-see' mode with Eugene Monroe/Bryant McKinnie decision

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The Ravens will decide if Monroe starts this week after getting a better look at him in his first full week of practice.

The Ravens will see how Eugene Monroe looks in practice this week before deciding whether to start him or not.
The Ravens will see how Eugene Monroe looks in practice this week before deciding whether to start him or not.
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It was apparent the Ravens didn't think Eugene Monroe was ready to step in and start against Miami.

He was inactive and unavailable to play. But this week in a home game against the Packers? You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone that doesn't believe he'll be starting at left tackle, especially with the kind of game Bryant McKinnie had against the Dolphins.

That stated, the Ravens don't appear to be rushing a decision. Plus, at least under John Harbaugh, they haven't made an in-season decision like this before, to make a trade for a starter to replace someone else in the lineup.

"We're in wait-and-see mode right now. We'll see what happens over the course of the week," Harbaugh told reporters on Monday. "[We] don't really know for sure right now."

Of course, a lot will depend on how Monroe practice this week. Assuming he does well, you'd have to think he gets the starting nod.

Harbaugh didn't want to commit to anything, saying this is a new element he's working with.

"Yes, [Monroe] looked good last week; he looked really good, OK?" Harbaugh said. "We're just going to have to see how it plays out. This is uncharted territory for us, it really is. We've never been down this road before. So, we'll see what happens."