Updated 12:14 PM EST, Thu, Jan 20, 2022

Baltimore Ravens Left Tackle Eugene Monroe Out For Thursday's Match Against the Pittsburgh Steelers

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Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe will not play for his team on Thursday as it takes the Pittsburgh Steelers at the latter's Heinz Field home court.

ESPN said this is going to be the ninth time that Monroe will miss a game in his five-year career noting that earlier he was also limited to just two practices for this week.

He was sidelined for almost all series of the season except one because of a concussion. Last season, he had limited participation in the games of the teams because of knee and ankle injuries.

The same report noted that previously, durability was never a concern with Monroe especially when he was still with Jacksonville Jaguars.

With the offensive tackle out, the Ravens are expected to utilize the skills of James Hurst to take Monroe's place.

But ESPN said the team could have some problems with this as Hurst has been "graded out as the worst offensive tackle in the NFL through three games and the 10th-worst run-blocker."

Aside from Monroe, KSPR reported that the team also ruled out tight end Crockett Gillmore due to a calf injury. Gillmore sustained the injury when the Ravens lost to the Cincinnati Bengals.

It added that wide receiver Breshad Perriman and defensive end Chris Canty will also not participate in the games.

Meanwhile, the Steelers said there are also players on their roster who will miss Thursday's game due to injuries like quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (knee), defensive tackle Daniel McCullers (knee), tight end Matt Spaeth (hand) and linebacker Ryan Shazier (shoulder).

In a National Post report, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said his team is aiming to continuously improve their performance.

"We have to play better in critical situations. We have to play better when it's time to finish and close the game out," he added.

He added that they will also improve on running the ball as it is an important part of their offense.

"I will say this: Pittsburgh's defense is good at stopping the run. All year we've played good run defenses and these guys are in that same category," the coach noted.

Earlier, the team said that they recognize the talent of Steelers quarterback Michael Vick but said they will focus on the entire offense of their opponent, according to Baltimore Sun.

"We have a lot of respect for him -- a fine quarterback. He brings unique talents to the table, and those are things we've got to prepare for, but really the preparation is for the Pittsburgh Steelers," Harbaugh added saying the Steelers as a team is intact.

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