Grubbs hopes injury won't keep him out long-term

Ben Grubbs missed his first career game on Sunday after appearing in the previous 65.

He now hopes he won't have to sit out a second straight contest this weekend.

Grubbs, the Ravens' starting left guard, has been battling a toe injury the last two weeks, and says he considers himself a gametime decision for Sunday's game against the Rams.

"With each day, I'm getting better," Grubbs said. "It's not going as fast as I would like to go, but I am making improvements.

"I bruised it, strained some ligaments on the bottom half of my toe. I did a lot to it. With the trainers here we're taking care of it and staying on top of what I have to. Hopefully, I'll be out there as soon as possible."

Grubbs said he doesn't expect the injury to turn into a long-term issue, because he feels he's making progress on a day-to-day basis. He says he's still not able to push off using the injured foot, but has seen improvements in other more basic areas.

"Well, I'm able to fit it inside of a shoe, so that's good," Grubbs said, half-jokingly and half-seriously. "I'm able to walk properly without favoring it, so that's a big step for me. And hopefully the next step will be running and pushing off, and hopefully I can do all that before Sunday."

The five-year veteran did not practice today, and if he's unable to go against the Rams, the Ravens could start either Mark LeVoir - who filled in for Grubbs last weekend against Tennessee - or Andre Gurode at left guard.

Head coach John Harbaugh said Monday that while Gurode has primarily played center in his 10-year NFL career, he's progressing as a guard in practice, and could see action there soon, if needed.

"I think Andre is going to make a lot of progress real fast," Harbaugh said. "He could be part of that equation real soon."

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