The Baltimore Ravens got a big bonus yesterday leading up to the Pittsburgh Steelers game this Sunday night, as starting left guard Ben Grubbs returned to practice.
Grubbs has been absent from all but one game this season, and that was week one’s 35-7 victory over the Steelers. He’s been sidelined due to ligament damage in his toe. Since the injury, Grubbs has practiced only once.
If there is little swelling or pain Thursday, it’s a real possibility the five-year veteran could be manning left guard Sunday night in Pittsburgh. His return would be a huge boost to a Ravens’ offensive line that has struggled over the past three weeks.
Andre Gurode, a free agent who signed shortly before training camp, has struggled filling Grubbs’ void. Not only has Gurode struggled in pass protection, but there have been a number of missed assignments between he, and free-agent acquisition Bryant McKinnie.
The experience Grubbs has in the Ravens system would not only benefit McKinnie, but more importantly the Ravens entire offensive line, considering he is the team’s best and most athletic linemen.