OWINGS MILLS, Md. — With the Ravens preparing to take on their hated rival for the second time this season, Wednesday brought new hope in seeing the return of a player out of action since the first Pittsburgh game.
Left guard Ben Grubbs returned to practice for the first time since the week following the bye when he practiced on a limited basis but was held out against the Houston Texans. An injured right toe has sidelined the offensive lineman since playing in the season opener against the Steelers on Sept. 11.
However, the news was not as promising for wide receiver Lee Evans (left ankle), who was not present for the portion of practice open to the media. The veteran wideout has not played since the Ravens’ Week 2 loss to the Titans.
Joining Evans as absentees during the open portion of practice on Wednesday were linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (thigh), return specialist David Reed (undisclosed), and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (undisclosed). Ngata appeared to get nicked up at one point during the Ravens’ win over the Cardinals on Sunday but quickly returned to action.
Cornerback Danny Gorrer (thigh) and running back Anthony Allen (thigh) also returned to practice after both were inactive against Arizona. Allen has missed the last two games while Gorrer was injured during Thursday’s practice last week.
The Ravens also announced they’ve signed linebacker Edgar Jones to assume Prescott Burgess’ spot on the 53-man roster. Jones spent three-plus seasons with the Ravens, playing both linebacker and tight end as well as contributing on special teams.
Coach John Harbaugh said prior to Wednesday’s practice that the Ravens will use Jones as an outside linebacker. The five-year veteran spent his 2011 training camp with the Washington Redskins and will wear No. 56.
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