We're a month into the season. Taylor Lewan is now back. Russell Okung and Trent Williams seem to be out of the picture. And there are other injuries and whatnot. Decent time to take a look at the left tackle landscape again -- which guys are best at their jobs these days.

  • Smith has a high ankle sprain. It's not really clear if he'll miss a week, two weeks, or more. As we're seeing with Saquon Barkley, who might only miss a couple of games, all high ankle sprains are not the same. Apparently, Smith might be able to play in Week 6. I'm going to leave Smith atop the rankings, even though another approach would be to dock him for the likelihood he misses multiple games. Moving him down will just lead to a lot of arguments. He's No. 1. But he's playing on a bum ankle.

  • There's been no indication that Russell Okung (blood clots) or Trent Williams (angry at Washington's front office, medical staff, whatever) will return. So we're moving ahead with ranking their much lesser backups at those spots.

  • The Chargers aren't the only team without their preferred left tackle. Joe Staley is out at least 6 weeks with a fractured leg. And the Patriots lost Isaiah Wynn for at least eight weeks to a foot injury. Those teams are undefeated, but perhaps those losses will catch up to them.

  • Cordy Glenn has been out with a concussion. He's been back practicing, but he's also apparently still uncertain for this week. I'm ranking him as if he's playing, but it might also be Andre Smith (who would be ranked about 7-8 spots lower).

Rankings of the 32 currently starting or expected to start soon left tackles are below. Let me know where you think I'm too high or low on players.

RkTeamLeft Tackle
1DallasTyron Smith
2TennesseeTaylor Lewan
3New OrleansTerron Armstead
4Green BayDavid Bakhtiari
5SeattleDuane Brown
6LA RamsAndrew Whitworth
7AtlantaJake Matthews
8Kansas CityEric Fisher
9PittsburghAllejandro Villanueva
10IndianapolisAnthony Castonzo
11PhiladelphiaJason Peters
12Tampa BayDonovan Smith
13HoustonLaremy Tunsil
14DetroitTaylor Decker
15BaltimoreRonnie Stanley
16BuffaloDion Dawkins
17ChicagoCharles Leno
18CincinnatiCordy Glenn
19CarolinaDaryl Williams
20NY JetsKelvin Beachum
21MinnesotaRiley Reiff
22NY GiantsNate Solder
23WashingtonDonald Penn
24DenverGarett Bolles
25ClevelandGreg Robinson
26JacksonvilleCam Robinson
27New EnglandMarshall Newhouse
28ArizonaD.J. Humphries
29San FranciscoJustin Skule
30LA ChargersTrent Scott
31OaklandKolton Miller
32MiamiJesse Davis

--Andy Richardson