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Ravens Get Encouraging Injury News On Ronnie Stanley

Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley.

OWINGS MILLS, MARYLAND - AUGUST 17: Offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley #79 of the Baltimore Ravens trains during the Baltimore Ravens Training Camp at Under Armour Performance Center Baltimore Ravens on August 17, 2020 in Owings Mills, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The Baltimore Ravens suffered their second losing record in John Harbaugh's 14-year coaching tenure last season. As they look to rebound from an 8-9 campaign that concluded with a six-game losing streak, they could soon welcome back a massive piece of their offense.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Ronnie Stanley is on track to return this season after a promising medical check-up. They hope the All-Pro offensive tackle will be ready after missing all but one game to an ankle injury in 2021.

This news also comes at a good time for Baltimore. Rapoport speculated that the Ravens may now have more flexibility to target the best player available with their first-round pick rather than bolster their offensive line.

Stanley suffered a season-ending ankle injury during Week 8 of the 2020 season. He returned to play in Week 1 before re-aggravating his ankle and requiring another season-ending surgery.

Last month, Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said he believes Stanley's recovery is going better than last offseason.

"I feel like I can say Ronnie feels farther ahead now than he did at the same stage last year," DeCosta told Clifton Brown of the team's site. "He's excited, he's very optimistic, I think he's working hard. As an organization, we're very optimistic. As I said before, I'm not going to make the same mistake. We'll have contingency plans moving forward. But we're optimistic that Ronnie is making good progress."

The No. 6 pick in 2016 has played just seven games since earning Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors in 2019, but a successful comeback would be a welcome sight for Lamar Jackson and Co. When Stanley was last healthy, Baltimore boasted the NFL's second-ranked offense during Jackson's MVP campaign.