Left Tackle Eugene Monroe Missing From Ravens' Practice

Posted on June 10, 2014 by Joe Platania

OWINGS MILLS -- The eighth day of the Ravens' 10-day organized team activity period featured the same set of absent players, with one notable addition.

Left tackle Eugene Monroe, the recipient of a long-term deal during the offseason, was not present. But there is thought to be no health concern with Monroe.

In his place, undrafted rookie free agent James Hurst got a majority of first-team repetitions at left tackle, even though he is more in the mix on the right side.

Monroe, a sixth-year veteran lineman who formerly played in Jacksonville, joined the group of regular absentees, which included guard Marshal Yanda; linebackers Daryl Smith, Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil; nose tackle Haloti Ngata; and defensive end Chris Canty.

The team seems impressed with the versatility of 2013 sixth-round draft pick Ryan Jensen, who earned playing time at right guard. 

Because Jensen is also a candidate at right tackle -- taking into account his experience at center in college -- he could be a contributor at all five offensive line spots.

As far as injured players are concerned, guard/center Jah Reid (calf) and nose tackle Terrence Cody (hip) did not practice.

Undrafted rookie free-agent defensive tackle Levi Brown returned to practice after missing the last media-viewed session. Receiver Kamar Aiken was again missing, and ex-Northern Colorado wideout Jace Davis was a new absentee.

During practice, undrafted rookie free agent Xavius Boyd had to leave the field early with an undisclosed problem.

Majority owner Steve Bisciotti witnessed practice for the first time during a media-viewing session, watching from a golf cart, just as previous owner Art Modell often did.

The afternoon practice was held outdoors in humid, mostly cloudy conditions. The Ravens' facility did manage to escape the heavy thunderstorm activity that plagued western Baltimore County for most of the early afternoon hours.

The team's three-day, full-team, mandatory minicamp will be held June 17-19. Many other teams have already reached that stage and are holding minicamps this week.

Joe Platania is in his 21st season covering professional football.

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