Grubbs Returns to Practice, while Birk Remains Absent


After missing practice earlier this week, left guard Ben Grubbs returned to practice for the Baltimore Ravens Thursday, according to Mike Preston.

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Grubbs, who missed seven games earlier in the year because of a turf toe injury, returned to the lineup five weeks ago and the Ravens haven’t missed a beat, winning all five games in his return. The 27-year-old Grubbs, gives the left side of the offensive line veteran leadership, which has helped left tackle Bryant McKinnie learn the offense and make in-game adjustments.

Meanwhile, center Matt Birk missed a second straight day of practice because of a shoulder injury he suffered in Sunday’s 24-10 victory at Cleveland. If Birk isn’t able to suit up for this Sunday’s contest against the Colts, the Ravens will be in great shape with former Pro Bowl center Andre Gurode as the backup. Birk may be the more finesse of the two, but Gurode definitely plays with more power and aggression.