Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the team will take a "wait and see" approach when it comes to the starting left tackle position.
What reporters saw Wednesday was recently acquired Eugene Monroe working with the first-team offense in the early portion of practice, Comcast SportsNet reported. And what everyone heard was Monroe declaring himself ready to play.
So, it looks like Monroe is taking over for struggling Bryant McKinnie when it comes to protecting Joe Flacco's blind side.
"I think I’m ready to go," Monroe said. "I get this work starting in practice this week, get in there with the guys, build a relationship with the guys on the line, and be ready. It’s been a grind. First one in the building, last one out."
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Inside linebacker Jameel McClain has been medically cleared to play football, multiple league sources told The Baltimore Sun. McClain, who is on the NFL's physically-unable-to-perform list after suffering a spinal cord contusion last season, is eligible to begin practicing next week. "It's always positive news, I've been saying it since the beginning that if I don't believe, then who will?" McClain said. "We're taking another step in the direction. When the time comes, we'll see. I didn't get anything back yet, but it's going to be good information." With Josh Bynes having an up-and-down season, the return of McClain would upgrade the inside linebacker spot.
Left guard Kelechi Osemele said the back spasms, which caused him to miss all but one drive Sunday, are an "one and off issue." It looks like he'll have a better chance of playing Sunday since he is on his home turf -- and mattress. “One of the major things is that the bed I sleep in has to be really firm, and it was a really soft bed,” Osemele said, via the team's website. "That’s another thing that kind of throws my back out of whack."
Flacco was adamant Wednesday that he likes the progress that the Ravens have made this season. "Even if it doesn't show up consistently on Sundays that we've gotten better each week, we are and we're going to get healthier," Flacco said, via The Baltimore Sun. "I think a lot of things are going to come together at one time. We're really working to get better and better and better, and eventually it's going to show."
The Baltimore Sun's Peter Schmuck believes Flacco has grown into a leadership role with his toughness. "That toughness showed up early when he played through that horrible thigh bruise early in his pro career, and it has shown up throughout this season while he takes a weekly pounding behind the Ravens’ struggling O-line," Schmuck wrote. "But the thing you have to love the most is the way he shrugs it all off, which is just more proof that he’s a solid guy who -- despite his New Jersey roots -- personifies Baltimore football in much the same way Johnny Unitas did."