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Ronnie Stanley and James Hurst Dealing With ‘Minor’ Injuries

August 24, 2018 - 11:11 am

By Joe Schiller

The Ravens’ starting offensive line took a hit Monday night during the team’s third preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts. Tackle Ronnie Stanley and guard James Hurst suffered injuries, prompting concern surrounding a unit that was decimated last season.

Tests later revealed that Stanley suffered only a knee strain and both players missed Thursday’s practice ahead of a Saturday night preseason matchup against the Miami Dolphins.

Head coach John Harbaugh provided clarity yesterday, telling reporters that both injuries are “minor and nothing to be concerned with.”

Both players have proven to be durable throughout their young careers. Hurst hasn’t missed a single regular season game while Stanley has missed five, but only one last season. It’s positive news that both have seemingly avoided major injuries just a few weeks before the start of the season.

Offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris did a tremendous job with a makeshift unit last season but the Ravens were thin at the position with the absence of All-Pro guard Marshal Yanda, Nico Siragusa, and Alex Lewis.

The Ravens play their final two preseason games in a span of six days, making it unlikely Stanley or Hurst even touch the field. There’s no need to at this point and the goal should be getting the two healthy for the team’s Week 1 home matchup against the Buffalo Bills.