Baltimore Ravens rookie left tackle Ronnie Stanley is listed as doubtful against the Oakland Raiders this Sunday in week 4 of the regular season as he is dealing with a foot injury. Stanley has been spotted in a walking boot this week and failed to practice on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Normally when a player is listed as doubtful on Friday leading up to a game on Sunday, it is highly unlikely that the player will suit up. However, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is not ruling Stanley out just yet as Harbaugh noted via Baltimore Sun.
“I don’t see it that way from what I’ve been told. I still think he has a chance for Sunday. You’ll see the [injury] report coming out later, but we’re not going to rule him out.”
Stanley was drafted by the Ravens as the sixth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and the team cannot afford to lose him for very long. The Ravens are very thin at left tackle and the team may be forced to look at backup left tackle James Hurst to fill in.
If Hurst is indeed the starter at left tackle for the Ravens this Sunday against the Raiders, do not expect the Ravens to throw the ball a lot leaving quarterback Joe Flacco vulnerable to injury.
Expect the Ravens to use a heavy dose of the running game and maybe even possibly activate running back Buck Allen for the first time this season. The Ravens offense is set to go up against a Raiders run defense that allows 136 yards a game on the ground which is ranked 30th in the NFL.