Ravens rookie guard Ben Cleveland carted off with injury

Ravens, Ben Cleveland (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
Ravens, Ben Cleveland (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /

The Baltimore Ravens have dealt with a number of injuries to their offensive line in recent weeks. And they just suffered another one when rookie left guard Ben Cleveland was carted off the field with an apparent leg injury.

Shortly before the two-minute warning, Cleveland had his leg rolled up when left tackle Alejandro Villanueva fell on him. Trainers rushed out to the field immediately and the cart had to come out to take him off the field.

Cleveland had been rotating with Ben Powers at left guard in recent weeks following an injury to Week 1 starting left guard Tyre Phillips.

The only reason Cleveland was playing was because of an injury. Now, he too finds himself sidelined.

The Ravens quickly listed Cleveland as doubtful to return and it’s likely that his day is over. The team will be holding their breath in hopes that the injury isn’t as serious as it seems.

Ben Cleveland suffered a potentially serious injury in the Ravens game

A third-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Cleveland was expected to compete for the starting left guard job this summer with many even pegging him as the starter going into training camp.

Unfortunately, injuries plagued his preseason and he lost the starting job to Phillips instead.

Powers has stepped in as the every-week starter with Phillips out, but he and Cleveland have been rotating at the position over the last three weeks. Cleveland has played 40 percent or more of offensive snaps in each of the past three games.

The Ravens are already without star left tackle Ronnie Stanley who has been sidelined since Week 1 after he re-injured his ankle. Villanueva has also been banged up as he exited last week’s game with a knee injury and was questionable to play in Week 5.

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The Ravens offensive line continues to suffer from the injury bug, and the injury to Ben Cleveland is the latest addition.