Ravens outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul will make his season debut in Baltimore on Sunday – but left tackle Ronnie Stanley won’t.
Stanley was not activated for the week 4 game against the Buffalo Bills, further delaying his return from two significant injuries in 2021. Stanley suffered his second consecutive ankle injury last year that ended the season after appearing in just one game, as well as “major” lower body surgery that he declined to specify on Thursday.
Pierre-Paul, who was signed on Monday, will help an injury-thinned pass-rush group. Starting outside linebacker Justin Houston has been inactive after missing practice week with a groin injury sustained during Sunday’s win over the New England Patriots.
With Stanley inactive, rookie tackle Daniel Faalele is expected to start his first career in the NFL in a largely unknown position. A right tackle in Minnesota, Faalele struggled early against New England after replacing Patrick Mekari, who left with an ankle injury. Mekari will not play on Sunday either.
Stanley trained fully on Wednesday for the first time this season and practiced again on Thursday without restrictions. Afterwards, he said he felt “very good” and indicated that he could make his season debut on Sunday. Stanley missed Friday’s practice due to an ankle injury and rest.
“It’s a priority to get out and be at his best when he comes back,” coach John Harbaugh said on Wednesday. “At the same time, he will have to jump in at some point, so it could be this week. We’ll just have to see.”
In addition to Stanley, Houston and Mekari on the inactive list, Kenyan Drake and cornerback Jalyn Armor-Davis are running back, both healthy scratches.
Buffalo will be without defensive tackle Ed Oliver (ankle), who has not played since Week 1. Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips (hamstring), a key reserve, is also inactive, along with reserve wide receiver Jake Kumerow (ankle), reserve tight end Tommy Sweeney, reserve offensive lineman Justin Murray (foot) and starting cornerback Christian Benford (hand). Benford is from Baltimore and played in Randallstown.
Wide receiver Gabe Davis (single), who was limited on Wednesday and Friday, is active.