Grubbs, Evans will be game-time decisions

Written by on September 23, 2011 in Ravens, Sports - No comments

OWINGS MILLS — Left guard Ben Grubbs and wide receiver Lee Evans won’t know about their playing status until game time on Sunday.

Grubbs (toe) and Evans (ankle) have missed practice all week, but haven’t been ruled out — yet — to play against the Rams.

“(I feel a) little better,” Evans said. “Rest helps.”

Coach John Harbaugh said Grubbs had an MRI on Thursday to make sure there wasn’t any further damage to his toe. Harbaugh said everything checked out fine. But Grubbs said he was just able to get his foot into his shoe this week. His toe is bruised and a ligament is strained, which has resulted in swelling.

“There’s a chance he’ll play,” Harbaugh said.

Last week, offensive lineman Mark LeVoir started in Grubbs’ place. This week, it may be center Andre Gurode, who’s been practicing at left guard. Gurode, a five-time Pro Bowl center, does have experience playing guard — albeit on the right side.

“It’s kind of like writing with your right hand and then all of a sudden writing with your left hand,” Gurode said.

Back to basics

After giving up 358 passing yards to Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, cornerback Cary Williams said the Ravens’ secondary was preaching the fundamental aspect of the game this week.

“Everything’s been back to basics, trying to stay fundamentally sound,” Williams said. “Concentrating on one-on-one opportunities. Playing with good technique. Trying to get (Rams quarterback) (Sam) Bradford off his first initial target and doing our best to take him off his first read.”

Injury report

In addition to Grubbs and Evans, wide receiver/kick returner David Reed (shoulder) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (ankle) did not practice Friday.

By Jason Butt

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