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OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The injuries continue to pile up for the Baltimore Ravens just two weeks into the regular season.
Ravens backup cornerback Chris Westry is expected to miss at least a month with a torn lateral meniscus, a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler on Thursday. Westry was third among the team’s cornerbacks with 33 shots played in Monday’s loss to Las Vegas.
The Ravens lost Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters to a season-ending knee injury last week.
If Westry is placed on injured reserve, he would be the 15th player to go on IR this year for Baltimore – and the ninth player in the last 24 days.
The Ravens drafted four cornerbacks Tuesday, including veteran Buster Skrine. The corners on the active roster are Marlon Humphrey, Anthony Averett, Jimmy Smith and Tavon Young. Smith (ankle) did not play in the opening and has been limited in practice this week.
Injury news could get even worse for Baltimore. Pro Bowl left tackle Ronnie Stanley did not practice another day in a row with an ankle injury. He did not play at his usual high level in Monday’s 33-27 loss to Las Vegas, which was his first game back since season-ending ankle surgery a year ago.
Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said the Ravens would definitely be lost if Stanley could not play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“When you take one of the best tackles in the league out of the lineup, it will affect that,” Roman said.
Losing Stanley would come at an inappropriate time. When Stanley was injured last season, he was replaced by Orlando Brown Jr., who delivered a Pro Bowl season before being traded to the Chiefs before this year’s draft.
Brown meets his former team for the first time Sunday, when Baltimore could really have used him again.
The Ravens would likely replace Stanley with Alejandro Villanueva, who started with left tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers for six years. On Monday, Villanueva struggled in its first start with the right tackle for Baltimore and received the fourth-worst grade among offensive tackles by Pro Football Focus.
“If that happens, I’m fine with it,” Roman said of Villanueva, who protects Lamar Jackson’s blind side. “He’s played many years there, if that’s the way we go. We’ll see how things go. I think Al is also a guy who will get better in our system, too.”
The Ravens are looking to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2015. Meanwhile, the Chiefs had each player running for the second day in a row as they prepared for Sunday night in Baltimore.