Baltimore Ravens left tackle Ronnie Stanley exited the third game of the preseason early, after a point after touchdown. Stanley left the field and headed for the locker room, walking on his own strength. After the game was over, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh revealed that Stanley suffered a knee strain. Stanley gave the Ravens a brief scare, but the injury seems to be relatively harmless longterm. Stanley has been injured before. In his rookie year in 2016, Stanley injured his foot. Since then he has been relatively healthy and has become one of the best left tackles in the National Football League.
The Baltimore Ravens have a long history of injuries in the offseason, but this year, the Ravens have been mostly healthy. Stanley’s light injury is just the first that gave the team a scare this offseason. While there is no timetable for Stanley’s return, the injury is not expected to be serious by any degree. Stanley will almost certainly return to the field shortly, and be prepared to start on the offensive line by September. Should Stanley be sidelined for any period of time, the Ravens have plenty of depth along the line to make up for it. The team re-signed tackle/guard James Hurst this offseason and added rookie Orlando Brown Jr. through the draft.
Injuries have plagued the Ravens seemingly every season, but the trend has slowed down this year. Because of the history, Baltimore is extra cautious when it comes to dealing with injuries, no matter how small. Stanley will likely be given extensive treatment to ensure a full recovery. Even though the injury is perceived to be a small strain, the Ravens have seen small injuries transform into larger problems. Breshad Perriman, for example, missed time early in his rookie season with a PCL injury that kept him out his entire rookie season.