Ravens All-Pro tackle Ronnie Stanley carted off with ankle injury

Ronnie Stanley #79 of the Baltimore Ravens (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Ronnie Stanley #79 of the Baltimore Ravens (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

The Baltimore Ravens could be without All-Pro tackle Ronnie Stanley for quite some time.

The Baltimore Ravens are certainly a front-runner in the race for the AFC title. Things might be looking down for the offense though if they receive a terrible prognosis on one of their star players.

Left tackle Ronnie Stanley was carted off in the first quarter of Sunday’s outing against the Pittsburgh Steelers with an apparent ankle injury. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, he is not expected to return. If as severe as it looked, this could be an injury that derails the already struggling passing offense for the remainder of the season.

During the play, Stanley immediately dropped to the ground, writhing in pain and grabbing his leg. There was no question this was severe as the cart was called upon in a matter of seconds. After being helped in and put in an air cast, he would leave for further evaluation with the team’s medical staff.

Stanley recently was paid top dollar earlier this week

Not only is this a massive loss to Ravens’ offense, but also to their recent trend of good luck. Earlier this week, Stanley agreed to a five-year $98.75 million extension, according to Schefter. With an average salary of $19.75 million per season, the former top-10 pick becomes the second-highest paid tackle in the league behind Texans’ Laremy Tunsil.

The 26-year-old blindside protector proved his worth in 2019 while helping Lamar Jackson take home the MVP honors. Allowing just six pressures, Stanley started to garner respect from his peers and fans around the league as the top left tackle of the season. He was named an All-Pro and earned his first Pro Bowl appearance after failing to allow a single sack.

Yes, while the Ravens will have Stanley locked up through 2025, this is a crushing blow to the team’s chemistry. Earlier in the quarter, offensive lineman Tyree Phillips would leave the game with an ankle injury. Now, without two key players, Jackson could be in for a rough outing against one of the league’s top defense in a divisional battle.

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