Ravens list Stanley, five others questionable for Week 2 clash with Kansas City


(Updated: 5:15 p.m. Saturday)

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens listed star left tackle Ronnie Stanley and five others as questionable on the final injury report for Sunday night’s clash with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Stanley was the only one of the six “questionable” players to miss the entire practice week, but head coach John Harbaugh again declined to comment on his status on Friday.

“My thoughts are I’m not going to make any comments on injuries for the rest of the season,” Harbaugh said. “So, you can keep asking, but that’s my thoughts on it.”

Should Stanley not be able to play, the Ravens are likely to move right tackle Alejandro Villanueva to the left side where the 32-year-old veteran started 90 games for Pittsburgh from 2015-20. That would likely leave reserve Patrick Mekari to start at right tackle since Tyre Phillips landed on injured reserve with a knee injury earlier this week.

Mekari has seen regular-season action at center, right guard, and right tackle in his three-year career, but the 2019 undrafted free agent out of Cal-Berkeley practices at all five offensive line spots, useful versatility during games when the Ravens rarely activate more than three reserves.

“Very valuable. I think that’s a trait that’s rare,” Harbaugh said. “He’s a technician. He knows his assignments at every position all the time completely, and he plays hard. He’ll play well.”

After missing practices on Wednesday and Thursday with an ankle injury, wide receiver Marquise Brown returned on a limited basis and was designated as questionable. The third-year wideout looked pretty fluid doing some agility work during the portion of practice open to reporters, but he was wearing a wrap on his left ankle and wasn’t going full speed.

Practicing on a limited basis and listed as questionable for a second straight week, veteran cornerback Jimmy Smith (right ankle) will hope to make his season debut on Sunday night. If fully healthy, Smith would be a welcome presence in trying to slow Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.

Wide receiver Devin Duvernay was present and working on a limited basis a day after being added to the injury report with a groin issue. The speedy return specialist was also designated as questionable.

Top cornerback Marlon Humphrey (back) was a limited practice participant all week, but his status doesn’t appear to be in any real question despite his questionable designation.

As expected, defensive lineman Derek Wolfe (back/hip) was ruled out for a second straight week and hasn’t practiced since Aug. 23. Second-year defensive tackle Justin Madubuike is again expected to start in his place.

A day after an ESPN report surfaced that Chris Westry had suffered a torn meniscus in his knee in the season-opening loss at Las Vegas, the 24-year-old cornerback was placed on injured reserve, which will sideline him a minimum of three games. The Ravens didn’t immediately replace him on the 53-man roster, but general manager Eric DeCosta will have until 4 p.m. Saturday to make any moves for Sunday night’s game. Logical candidates to be elevated from the practice squad include veteran offensive tackle Andre Smith and cornerback Kevon Seymour.

(Update: The Ravens elevated Smith and Seymour from the practice squad for Sunday night’s game.)

While the Ravens continue to be hammered by injuries, the Chiefs saw their entire 53-man roster practice fully for a second straight day and didn’t list a single player on the final game status injury report. That means defensive end Frank Clark and safety Tyrann Mathieu are set to make their season debuts against Baltimore.

Below is the final Week 2 injury report:

OUT: DE 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), OT Ronnie Stanley (ankle)

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