Ravens benching C Matt Skura vs. Titans

Matthew Stevens
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Baltimore Ravens center Matt Skura had a pretty bad game last week. Though it was in a torrential downpour, several of Skura’s snaps were wildly off the mark. Unfortunately, quite a few of those bad snaps happened at the worst times possible, including on a fourth-down attempt that squirted behind running back Mark Ingram for a massive loss and turnover on downs.

In Week 11 against the Tennessee Titans, the Ravens are going to see what Patrick Mekari can do at the position instead. Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garofolo, Baltimore is benching Skura for at least this week with Mekari taking over the starting center job.

Skura made a relatively quick recovery from a devastating knee injury suffered last season. Despite tearing his ACL, MCL, PCL and dislocating his knee cap late last season, Skura was able to rehabilitate and make it back to the team in time for training camp. Whether Skura’s injury isn’t quite healed or he’s still dealing with the mental hurdles of such a gruesome injury is unclear but it’s not the first time this season he’s struggled.

With the offensive line already in shambles following the season-ending injuries to left tackle Ronnie Stanley and right guard Tyre Phillips, making further changes will hopefully improve the play of the entire unit. When Skura went down with his injury last season, Mekari was the one who took over the starting duties, playing well in his stead.