OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens received potentially good news on Wednesday as left guard Ben Grubbs returned to the practice field for the first time since mid-October as he hopes to return to game action for the first time since the season opener.
Grubbs practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday, but defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was noticeably absent from the workout and did not participate due to a thigh injury. Ngata appeared to get banged up in Sunday’s win over the Cardinals, but the Pro Bowl defensive lineman returned to action quickly without further incident.
Despite optimism created by Grubbs returning to the practice field, there was no change to wide receiver Lee Evans’ status as the 30-year-old did not practice on Wednesday. Evans has not practiced since the week following the bye when he returned on a limited basis.
Kick returner David Reed did not practice on Wednesday and was listed as having a knee injury.
In addition to Grubbs, cornerback Danny Gorrer and running back Anthony Allen returned to the practice field after both players missed Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. The rookie Allen has missed the last two games with a thigh injury.
The Steelers saw their three injured linebackers — James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley, and James Farrior — practice on a limited basis despite major doubts whether any of the three will be available against the Ravens. Veteran receiver Hines Ward was also listed as a limited participant several hours after Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs appealed directly to him about returning to the field for Sunday night’s game.
Speedy wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders did not practice as he battles a knee injury.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE – LB Dannell Ellerbe (thigh), WR Lee Evans (ankle), DT Haloti Ngata (thigh), WR/RS David Reed (knee)
LIMITED – RB Anthony Allen (thigh), C Matt Birk (neck), CB Danny Gorrer (thigh), G Ben Grubbs (toe)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE – G Doug Legursky (toe), WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee)
LIMITED – LB James Farrior (calf), LB James Harrison (eye), T Jonathan Scott (ankle), WR Hines Ward (ankle), LB LaMarr Woodley (hamstring)