Ravens All-Pro left tackle Ronnie Stanley is officially listed as questionable for the Sunday night showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs at M&T Bank Stadium on Sept. 19, but he missed practice all week with an apparent setback of his surgically repaired ankle.
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported earlier in the week that Stanley could be out for an extended period of time, but the Ravens weren’t ready to rule him out of Sunday’s game.
Asked after the team’s Friday workout about Stanley’s availability, head coach John Harbaugh said, “I’m not going to make any comments on injuries for the rest of the season.”
The only player officially ruled out is defensive end Derek Wolfe (back/hip), who will miss his second straight game.
Cornerback Chris Westry, who suffered a knee injury in the Ravens’ season-opening, 33-27 loss at Las Vegas Sept. 13, did not practice all week and has been placed on injured reserve, so he no longer appears on the injury report.
Losing Stanley for any length of time would be the latest in a crippling series of injuries that have hit the Ravens already this season.
Stanley played Monday night at Las Vegas, his first regular-season action since suffering a season-ending ankle injury on Nov. 1 last year. But he struggled badly in that game, and it was clear that his strength and mobility had not returned to his former Pro Bowl form.
If Stanley is sidelined, Alejandro Villanueva is expected to move to left tackle, the position he played for six years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and super-utility lineman Patrick Mekari would start at right tackle.
Mekari, who made the team as an undrafted rookie out of Cal in 2019, has made 13 starts in two years. He started five games at center and three at right guard last season, and he has the ability to play all five offensive line positions.
“That’s a trait that’s rare,” Harbaugh said. “He’s a technician. He knows his assignments at every position, all the time.”
Wide receiver Marquise Brown, who missed two practices this week with an ankle injury, returned to the practice field Sept. 17 and is questionable. Brown had a team-high six catches for 69 yards and a touchdown in the season-opening loss at Las Vegas.
Cornerback Jimmy Smith, who missed the opener, is also listed as questionable. He was a limited participant in practice all week and it could be a game-time decision as to whether he makes his 2021 debut. That would come just in time, with Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters out for the season with a torn ACL, Westry now on IR and Patrick Mahomes and the high-octane Chiefs’ offense coming to town.
Marlon Humphrey was limited in practice this week (back) and is listed as questionable but is expected to play.
Also listed as questionable are outside linebacker Daelin Hayes (knee) and wide receiver and kick returner Devin Duvernay (groin), who left practice early Sept. 16. He was a limited participant Sept. 17.
The Chiefs, who rallied to beat the Cleveland Browns, 33-29, come to Baltimore fully healthy. Everyone on the 53-man roster practiced fully the past two days and the team lists no one on the final injury report.
Here is the full, final injury report:
OUT: DL Derek Wolfe (back/hip)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Marquise Brown (ankle), WR Devin Duvernay (groin), OLB Daelin Hayes (knee), CB Marlon Humphrey (back), CB Jimmy Smith (ankle), T Ronnie Stanley (ankle)
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