It was late last week that Baltimore Ravens star left tackle Ronnie Stanley inked a whopping five-year, $98.75 million contract extension that made him the second-highest paid player at his position in NFL history.
A top-six pick of the Ravens back in 2016, Stanley has proven to be among the best left tackles in the game. That’s no small deal with reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson under center. Unfortunately, Stanley’s post-contract career is not off to a great start.
Ravens’ Ronnie Stanley suffers injury after inking contract extension
In the first half of Sunday’s epic contest with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Stanley went down with a lower-body injury. The former Notre Dame star was seen pounding the grass in major pain before being carted off the field.
Stanley had an air cast inserted on his leg as he was carted off the field in Baltimore. It goes without saying that this is potentially a serious injury for a franchise cornerstone. The Ravens did not immediately provide an update as it relates to Stanley’s injury and game status. However, it’s pretty obvious he’s not going to return to this game.
Impact of the Ronnie Stanley injury
Obviously, it’s not yet known how serious the injury is. With that said, Stanley’s initial reaction and the fact that he had to be carted off the field is not great.
Depending on the severity of said injury, this could have wide-ranging ramifications for the Ravens as they look to vie for a title this season.
Even with Jackson being a mobile quarterback, having a franchise left tackle to protect his blind side is no small thing. It remains to be seen just how much this injury might impact the quarterback over both the short and long term.
Ronnie Stanley contract
As noted above, Stanley inked a five-year, $98.75 million contract on Friday. That includes $70.86 million in total guarantees and $58 million guaranteed at signing. The rankings among offensive tackles in NFL history are staggering.
- Total value: #1
- Total guarantees: #1
- Guaranteed at signing: #1
The hope here is that Stanley’s injury is not as severe as it seems. We’ll have further updates as they become available.