Ravens tackle Alejandro Villanueva missed two practices this week with a knee injury, leaving the Ravens facing the prospect of being down both starting tackles for their “Monday Night Football” game against the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 11.
Starting left tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle) has already been ruled out for the fourth straight game, and Villanueva, who moved from right tackle to the left side after Stanley’s injury, is listed as questionable.
Villanueva, who left the Ravens game at Denver early last week, returned to practice on Oct. 9, and head coach John Harbaugh said he benefited from having a couple of days off.
Villanueva has never missed a game since breaking into the league with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015. (He spent 2014 on the practice squads of the Philadelphia Eagles and then the Steelers.) Villanueva has played in 100 consecutive games, including 94 straight starts.
If Villanueva can’t go, the Ravens (3-1) will likely turn to veteran Andre Smith, who failed to make the team out of training camp but then was re-signed to the practice squad and has been elevated to the game day roster for the past three games. He played 35 snaps at Denver after Villanueva left with his knee injury.
The Ravens also have tackles David Sharpe, Jaryd Jones-Smith and Adrian Ealy on the practice squad. Sharpe and Jones-Smith both have NFL experience, while Ealy is an undrafted rookie.
Wide receivers Rashod Bateman (groin) and Miles Boykin (leg) don’t show up on the injury report because they are on injured reserve, but they have been practicing the past two weeks. Either or both could be moved to the active roster for the game.
Ravens outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson remains on the league’s reserve/COVID-19 list, and Harbaugh said Ferguson is still dealing with symptoms after testing positive, so he will miss his third straight game. The Ravens can activate someone to take his place.
Any roster moves for the game must be made by Monday at 4 p.m.
The Ravens’ injury report isn’t as dire as last week, when nine players were listed as questionable, including quarterback Lamar Jackson (back). Jackson has practiced all week, and safety DeShon Elliott, who missed last week’s game with quad injury, also practiced all week, though he has been limited.
Cornerback Kevon Seymour doesn’t show on the official injury report because he isn’t on the 53-man roster, but he played 25 special teams snaps at Denver after being elevated from the practice squad, and he has not been seen at practice the past couple of days.
For the Colts (1-3), starting right tackle Braden Smith (foot/thumb) has been ruled out for his fourth straight game, and rookie defensive end Kwity Paye (hamstring), cornerback Rock Ya-Sin (ankle) and reserve running back Jordan Wilkins (illness) all have been ruled out.
Here is the full, final injury report:
OUT: T Ronnie Stanley (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: S DeShon Elliott (quad), S Geno Stone (thigh), T Alejandro Villanueva (knee)
OUT: DE Kwity Paye (hamstring), T Braden Smith (foot/thumb), RB Jordan Wilkins (illness), CB Rock Ya-Sin (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: S Khari Willis (ankle/groin)
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