Harbaugh says he expects Monroe to start at LT

Harbaugh says he expects Monroe to start at LT
October 11, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Eugene Monroe is the new starting left tackle for the Ravens, coach John Harbaugh confirmed Friday.

Making official what had been apparent all week, Harbaugh said Monroe was expected to start Sunday against the Packers, barring any unforeseen developments before kickoff. The Ravens acquired Monroe in a trade with the Jaguars last week, but he did not play against the Dolphins on Sunday, because he was not ready after just two practices. Now Monroe is ready. And Harbaugh is ready to see his new left tackle in action.

“Eugene, I’m sure you’re going to ask that, he did a heck of a job this week, he looks good,” Harbaugh said following Friday’s practice. “I would anticipate that he’ll play quite a bit, possibly start. You might even say probably start at this point. That would be my anticipation right now, unless something changes between now and then, he’ll be the starter at left tackle.”

Bryant McKinnie, who has lost his starting job to Monroe, was upbeat in the locker room after practice, saying he supported what was best for the team. McKinnie has been bothered by a knee injury, so Monroe’s arrival gave McKinnie a chance to get healthier.

“I got it drained,” said McKinnie of his knee. “In the meantime, I get to a rest up a little bit. “We still want to win at the end of the day. He (Monroe) kind of was giving me advice last week, because he was familiar with the Dolphins.”

There is a possibility McKinnie might be traded. Asked if the thought that would happen, McKinnie said,“I’m hearing a lot of things, so who knows? Maybe, maybe not.”

Monroe said he was focused on playing well in his Ravens debut.

“It’s like any other Sunday for me man, I’ll be ready to go,” Monroe said. “Excitement, yeah, but I approach game day the same way I do every week, regardless of the situation. Excitement’s not an emotion that necessarily helps you perform, as far as precision. I need to be precise this week. I need to be on top of my game, since everything is brand new. I’ll be focused, and ready to do my job at a high level.”