Harbaugh not sure if Monroe will go

Harbaugh not sure if Monroe will go
October 4, 2013, 2:15 pm
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New Raven Eugene Monroe: "Physically, definitely ready."


Ravens coach John Harbaugh remained noncommittal Friday about Eugene Monroe’s playing status for Sunday.

Monroe has worked overtime since arriving Thursday at the Ravens training facility, taking a crash course in the offense. It would seem risky to start Monroe at left tackle against the Dolphins after just two days of practice with a new team. However, maybe Monroe looks good enough to play in certain packages. Or maybe Monroe surprises and starts Sunday’s game, or plays a significant amount.

Whatever the case, Harbaugh chose to keep the Dolphins and the media guessing Friday after practice.

“He seems good, he seems sharp,” Harbaugh said of Monroe. “He was here all night, last night, with the offensive line guys. I had dinner with him, we were kind of talking, and he’s like, ‘I gotta go.’ He was in here early this morning again. Went through the practice here. He seemed like he knew what he was doing. I think we’re on schedule, but I’m not sure what the schedule is.

“We’ve got some ideas, some things we can do. But you got to pull the trigger on that. This is a new experience for us.”

Harbaugh said he would ask Monroe about his comfort level, and that his response would play a part in the decision.

“To me that’s probably the main thing, how he feels about it,” Harbaugh said. “He knows what it’s like to play. If he gives us feedback, and he says he’s comfortable and he can go, I would think we’d be very confident that he knows what he’s talking about. If he can translate what we do to what he’s done in the past and just carry it right over.”

Monroe’s arrival likely means left tackle Bryant McKinnie is headed to the bench, or to another team. However, Harbaugh said McKinnie had a good week of practice, and was ready to play well if he started Sunday.

“Bryant’s handled it like a true professional,” Harbaugh said. “He’s worked hard, he always works hard.”