Baltimore Ravens starting left tackle Eugene Monroe will undergo a minor knee surgery, the team announced Wednesday. Head coach John Harbaugh told reporters Monday that Monroe will miss "some number of weeks."
Monroe, who had made 14 straight starts for the Ravens, will be replaced by undrafted rookie James Hurst.
NFL Network reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala reports that Monroe will miss 3-4 weeks.
Told Ravens thinking LT Eugene Monroe's knee surgery will keep him out 3-4 weeks. — Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) September 24, 2014
Hurst was a four-year starter at North Carolina, but he went undrafted after breaking his left leg in a bowl game in late December. He understands the challenge of making his first NFL start.
"I think if you're not nervous, you don't know what's happening. It is a big situation," Hurst said. "I'm excited about it. It's just a matter of going out there knowing you prepared and you've done everything you can for that opportunity."
This offseason, the Ravens signed Monroe to a five-year, $37.5 million deal, with $19 million of the contract guaranteed.
The Ravens play the Carolina Panthers at home on Sunday.
- Sarah Barshop