The Baltimore Ravens offensive line has struggled throughout the season and it has been a bumpy carousel ride. Through 6 weeks of the season, the Ravens have already used four different starting alignments on the offensive line, thanks in large part to a variety of injuries to tackles Ronnie Stanley, Rick Wagner and guard Marshal Yanda that have forced Ryan Jensen, John Urschel and the infamous James Hurst to come off the bench. Not to mention guard Alex Lewis moving to left tackle against the New York Giants.
Heading into this week in a must-win game against the New York Jets and their strong defensive line, the Ravens have gotten some good news on tackles Rick Wagner and Ronnie Stanley, as they both practiced fully on Wednesday and Thursday. Stanley has missed the last three weeks with a foot injury and even though Wagner was active last week, James Hurst started in his place. Getting these two starting tackles back will also help Alex Lewis since it probably moves him back to left guard next to Stanley.
Of course with the Ravens it isn't all good news, guard Marshal Yanda has not practiced this week and it doesn't look like he will be able to go on Sunday for the second consecutive game. Nevertheless, Stanley and Wagner's return should help at least bring some stability back to an offensive line that needs all the help they can get. With the possibility of either protecting an injured Joe Flacco or backup quarterback Ryan Mallet against a Jets defensive line that features Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and Leonard Williams, the Ravens offensive line must be on its A-game this week in a must-win scenario Sunday afternoon.