The Ronnie Stanley injury news had to hit the Baltimore Ravens pretty hard. For the second consecutive season their Pro Bowl left tackle has been sidelined with an ankle injury. Just like the 2020 campaign, this means that Stanley will miss the remainder of the season.
“This is not what I wanted or expected when coming into the season,” Stanley said in a statement. “As a competitor, I have a mindset of sacrificing my body for my brothers and my team to reach our goals. At this point in time, my ankle isn’t where it should be.”
A first-round pick out of Notre Dame back in 2016, Stanley started all 56 games in which he appeared in his first four NFL seasons. He earned All-Pro honors back in 2019. Unfortunately, Lamar Jackson’s blindside protector will have played a total of seven games once he returns for the 2022 campaign.
For the injury-plagued Baltimore Ravens, this is just the latest in a string of injuries that have impacted the 5-1 squad thus far on the season.
Baltimore Ravens injuries
J.K. Dobbins, running back (out for the season)
Gus Edwards, running back (out for the season)
Justise Hill, running back (out for the season)
Marcus Peters, cornerback (out for the season)
Derek Wolfe, defensive end (injured reserve)
L.J. Fort, linebacker (out for the season)
Nick Boyle, tight end (injured reserve)
Even with Baltimore playing some pretty great football right now, losing its left tackle is a major setback. Presumably, free-agent signing Alejandro Villanueva will take over on the left side with a combination of Patrick Mekari and Andre Smith along the right side.
With that said, there’s going to be a lot of talk about Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta being active in adding a starting-caliber tackle ahead of the November trade deadline. Here’s a look at three options.
Baltimore Ravens trade for Kaleb McGary
There’s a decent chance the Atlanta Falcons look to move off this former first-round pick ahead of the deadline. The No. 31 overall selection out of Washington back in 2019, McGary simply has not lived up to expectations as the starting right tackle in front of Matt Ryan.