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With the injury to Alex Lewis, how will Baltimore's offensive line look

With their starting left guard recovering from injury, what will Baltimore do about their offensive line situation?

October 17, 2018 - 2:45 pm

By: Kyle J. Andrews

Ravens offensive guard Alex Lewis was carted off after injuring his neck in Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans. In his absence, rookie offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman stepped in and played for the rest of the game. Though the injury seemed to be severe, it’s a possibility that Lewis could be back as early as Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

“Alex is in the building,” Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh stated during Monday’s press conference. [He] came back with us last night. It looks good. There’s no serious injury there, in terms of [neurological-] type issues.

“He’s possible for this week, as far as I know right now. So, we’ll just have to see as the week progresses and they continued with the tests and see how he comes along. That could change at any time, but that’s what we’ve been told at this time.”

In the event that Lewis isn’t back, Bozeman could be an option for Baltimore at left guard. They could also look to move James Hurst inside to left guard and place rookie right tackle Orlando Brown Jr. in the starting role. Hronnis Grasu was also signed earlier on this year, though he projects more as a center. He could also be a fit.

Hurst has played left guard in the past, playing all 16 games at the position in 2017. Brown Jr. battled for the starting right tackle position against Hurst before the season started, but lost out. Hurst also played a great deal of right guard in the preseason with Marshal Yanda's recovery from shoulder surgery. 

Despite all of these moves being possibilities, Bozeman could be the guy that Baltimore goes with when all is said and done. With his ability to fill in at left guard in a game situation, it has given the Ravens an extra player who can fill in at multiple positions.

“Does it make a difference, the fact that you see him in a game,” Harbaugh asked. “Yes, yes. You see him in practice, you feel good about him. Football is a practice sport, so people often say, ‘Give the guy a chance,’ and players will say, ‘Give me a chance,’ and we’ll say, ‘You get a chance, every day at practice.”

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