Harbaugh on McKinnie vs. Monroe: "We're in wait-and-see mode."
EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens, as they take a day off, before preparing for the Packers.
Two-minute topic: Will Eugene Monroe start at left tackle against the Packers?
After trading for Monroe last Tuesday, the Ravens did not activate him for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. Monroe only had two practices during the week, giving him little time to learn the Ravens offense.
Now Monroe will have a full week to get ready for the Packers. Does that mean Monroe will start, and that Bryant McKinnie will be benched, or traded?
John Harbaugh would not commit Monday when asked about plans for Monroe.
“I think we’re in wait-and-see mode right now,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll see what happens over the course of the week. We’re just going to have to see how it plays out. This is uncharted territory for us. We’ve never been down this road before.”
The Ravens don’t want Monroe to perform poorly because he was rushed into the lineup. However, McKinnie was beaten several times by Dolphins pass rushers Sunday, and Monroe was brought in to upgrade the offensive line.
After the Miami game, Monroe said he would be ready to play against the Packers.
“This week, I’ll have a chance to actually put to practice things I’ve been learning, trying to cram in,” Monroe said. “Hopefully my opportunity comes soon. I’ve been playing this season, playing well. Physically I’m ready, and I’ll be ready to go (Sunday). I want to be a part of the next one.”
Yet, it remained to be seen exactly how Monroe would be worked into the lineup, and how quickly it would happen. Harbaugh wasn’t saying. It promised to be an interesting week.
Morning thought: “You look around the league, you’ll see a lot of quarterbacks not doing those things, not standing in the way he stands in. He’s special that way. We don’t win that game without his willingness to stand in there and make those throws.” Harbaugh, talking about Joe Flacco making throws under duress Sunday.
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