Stanley ends season with ankle injury
The Baltimore Ravens took a huge hit on their defence with Ronnie Stanley now out for the rest of the 2021-22 season. The left tackle injured his ankle which led to him resting on the sidelines. This leaves them a hole in their defence which is a huge problem.
Stanley missed five of the last six games for the Ravens in the 2021-22 season. The injury has bothered him much over the past few weeks and will undergo surgery to repair his ankle.
This is the second season in a row that Stanley ended his run with an ankle injury. He made six starts in 2020 and played the season opener against the Las Vegas Raiders this year. The left tackle is now placed on the injured reserve list and they hope the best for him at this point.
‘This is not what I wanted or expected when coming into the season’, the left tackle said. ‘Throughout the last year, I did everything I could to be 100% healthy so I could be out there playing for our team and city. As a competitor, I have a mindset of sacrificing my body for my brothers and my team to reach our goals. At this point in time, my ankle isn't where it should be’.
Stanley signed a five-year deal with the Ravens before he had an ankle injury in 2020. He was once an All-Pro in 2019 and the Notre Dame star was a first round pick who made noise since he was picked by the team in 2016.
The Ravens need to get a better look at their games in the next few months. Without Stanley, it would be hard for them to get a chance to win in their next set of games. That should give them a lot of problems especially with the surge they had in the recent wins.
It remains to be seen if the team can play with less focus on defence. It is one of the strong fronts of the team and it should prepare to fight for their chances of winning the league title. Stanley’s injury is more than just a small problem that the Ravens need to deal with.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores