Offensive lineman Alex Lewis missed the first day of the team’s mandatory minicamp with back spasms, per Jeff Zrebiec.
Harbaugh said that Alex Lewis is dealing with back spasms. Was one of few notable absences from ravens mandatory minicamp.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) June 12, 2018
The bright side to Lewis’ injury is that it can be remedied before training camp. Back spasms usually take around 72 hours to resolved themselves, and the injury can be treated with heat as well as decompression.
In 2017, Lewis missed the entire season due to a shoulder injury, and he was replaced by James Hurst. Prior to missing the entire 2017 season, Hurst played in 10 games in 2016, starting in eight. During those eight contests, Lewis saw time at left guard and both tackle positions.
Lewis could possibly start at a number of positions on the offensive line. He is thought to be a front runner for the starting left guard spot, but he could also start at center or right tackle. His ability to swing to multiple positions is a valuable asset for Baltimore.
Baltimore has a litany of people who are competing for a starting role along the offensive line this season. Matt Skura and Bradley Bozeman are jousting for the starting center role, along with Lewis. Hurst is also competing with Orlando Brown Jr. for the starting right tackle spot. Hurst could also slide into left guard in the event that Lewis is out.