Ravens left tackle Ronnie Stanley returned to practice Monday for the first time this preseason, raising hopes that he could soon be ready for game action.
Stanley, who has missed most of the past two seasons with ankle injuries, was cleared to practice Aug. 26 but did not participate last week. Coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that he’d resumed “individual stuff” but reiterated that the 2019 All-Pro did not have a “set timetable” for his return.
The Ravens open their season Sunday against the New York Jets. Harbaugh has hoped that Stanley would have two to three weeks of practice before playing in a game. He appeared to move well during Monday’s positional drills.
“He knows his ankle, and I know that Ronnie is very determined to be really at his very best when he comes back,” Harbaugh said. “That’s kind of part of his thinking on it. So I trust him with it. I know he’s going to do the right thing and be out there as soon as he can. I’m hopeful for sooner rather than later, for sure.”
Stanley played in just one game last season, the opener, before undergoing season-ending ankle surgery for the second straight year. If Stanley is unavailable Sunday, Ja’Wuan James is expected to start at left tackle.
Ravens rookie safety Kyle Hamilton, the team’s top draft pick, also returned to practice for the first time since Aug. 25.
Harbaugh is scheduled to address reporters Monday. An injury report will be released Wednesday.
Note: There are three new numbers on the Ravens’ roster. Defensive lineman Brent Urban switched from No. 68 to No. 97, and rookie Inside linebacker Josh Ross, who wore No. 46 in the preseason, changed to No. 51. New inside linebacker Del’Shawn Phillips will wear No. 53.
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