Baltimore Ravens left tackle Ronnie Stanley will miss the remainder of the season after being carted off the field during Sunday's game with a "severe" ankle injury, head coach John Harbaugh announced after his team's 28-24 loss against the AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers.
According to Albert Breer of The MMQB, Stanley appeared to be in a great deal of pain, and medical personnel put an air cast on his ankle before carting him off.
After the game, Stanley commented on the injury via a post on his Twitter account:
Ronnie Stanley @megatronnie
So many emotions running thru my head. I’m thankful for all the love and support. I hate feeling like i let my brothers down. What I do know is God doesn’t make mistakes and I’m grateful for the bad days just as much as the good. Just another challenge to overcome. Truzzz 🙏🏾🧘🏾♂️🙏🏾
The 26-year-old is the anchor of Baltimore's offensive line, as he was named a Pro Bowler and first-team All-Pro for the first time last season.
After Stanley was removed from Sunday's game, starting right tackle Orlando Brown Jr. was moved to left tackle and veteran D.J. Fluker was inserted into the lineup at right tackle.
Although replacing a lineman of Stanley's caliber is nearly impossible, Brown was a Pro Bowler last season and Fluker has no shortage of starting experience.
Fluker has starting experience at both tackle and guard, and he has started 89 of the 98 regular-season games he has appeared in during his career.
Stanley has been rock-solid at left tackle for the Ravens since they took him with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft out of Notre Dame, but durability has been an issue.
Entering this season, Stanley had never appeared in all 16 games in a season. He missed four contests as a rookie, one each in 2017 and 2018, and two games last season.
Stanley did not play in Baltimore's Week 4 win over the Washington Football Team this season either because of a shoulder injury.
With Stanley out, the Ravens will be without a player who protected the blindside of quarterback Lamar Jackson in his MVP-winning campaign of 2019.