Nov 1, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley (79) in carted off the field after suffering an apparent injury in the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitchell Layton-USA TODAY Sports

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Ravens LT Stanley faces long road to return

Baltimore Ravens left tackle Ronnie Stanley is out for the season and could be facing a long road to recovery from a severe left ankle injury.

Stanley was carted off the field Sunday — days after signing a five-year contract extension worth just under $100 million — with a dislocated ankle. According to NFL Network on Monday, Stanley also tore multiple ligaments. A full recovery could take nine months or longer.

“I feel bad for Ronnie,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Sunday night following Baltimore’s 28-24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. “He’s a guy that has been playing well … and he wants to play, wants to be a part of it. He’s worked very hard to be out there and to contribute, but that’s the nature of the game often times, unfortunately.”

The injury hit two days after the 2019 All-Pro signed a five-year contract extension worth a reported $98.75 million, including a $22.5 million signing bonus.

Stanley, 26, was hurt on a play in which quarterback Lamar Jackson was under heavy pressure. He collided with and fell backward over Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt.

Stanley had an air cast on his left leg before being carted off the field in the final minutes of the first quarter with the game tied at 7.

Stanley was making his 62nd start since the Ravens selected him with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

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