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Eugene Monroe to have knee procedure, James Hurst to step in at left tackle

Undrafted free agent James Hurst will be protecting Joe Flacco's blind side until Eugene Monroe returns to the lineup.

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James Hurst, welcome to the starting lineup.

On Wednesday, the Ravens announced that starting left tackle Eugene Monroe has been forced to undergo a minor knee procedure that will put him out indefinitely.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>LT Eugene Monroe will have a minor surgical procedure on his knee. Out an undetermined amount of time.</p>&mdash; Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ravens/status/514851943291043840">September 24, 2014</a></blockquote>
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As of now, it appears there's hope that Monroe can return to the Ravens this season. But it does look like he'll miss significant time. Coach John Harbaugh told reporters that Hurst, an undrafted rookie out of North Carolina, is the next man up on the offensive line. It appears he'll step in and be the starting left tackle this Sunday against Carolina.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Asked where that leaves the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ravens?src=hash">#Ravens</a> at left tackle, John Harbaugh said James Hurst is next up on the depth chart.</p>&mdash; Luke Jones (@BaltimoreLuke) <a href="https://twitter.com/BaltimoreLuke/status/514852436214042625">September 24, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Hurst enjoyed a great college career at North Carolina until he broke his left leg in the Belk Bowl last winter. The injury helped push Hurst down the draft board and ultimately off of it. The Ravens were fortunate to grab him, as he beat out Ryan Jensen and A.Q. Shipley, members of the 2013 team, for a 53-man roster spot.