OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ben Grubbs hasn’t seen action since the Ravens’ convincing 35-7 win over Pittsburgh in the season opener.
And his chances of finally making his return — against those same Steelers — are improving as the starting left guard practiced on a limited basis for a second straight day on Thursday. Grubbs was working with the starting offensive line during the open portion of practice and appeared more active than the previous day.
The Baltimore offensive line has struggled in his absence and has gone with veteran Andre Gurode, who had never played left guard in his 10-year NFL career, for the last five games.
“We’ll see,” offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said. “He is probably [going to] be a game-time decision. We’ll take Ben back at any point in time.”
The news was more concerning regarding defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who missed his second straight game with a thigh injury. However, the Pro Bowl lineman is expected to play against the Steelers on Sunday.
Return specialist David Reed returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday with a knee injury. He worked on a limited basis but is expected to return kicks on Sunday night.
There were no changes to the Steelers’ injury report as all three of their injured linebackers — James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley, and James Farrior — were listed as limited participants.
DID NOT PRACTICE – LB Dannell Ellerbe (thigh), WR Lee Evans (ankle), DT Haloti Ngata (thigh)
LIMITED – RB Anthony Allen (thigh), C Matt Birk (neck), CB Chykie Brown (knee), CB Danny Gorrer (thigh), G Ben Grubbs (toe), WR/RS David Reed (knee)
DID NOT PRACTICE – 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)