While he missed practice this whole week because of a sore toe, Ravens left guard Ben Grubbs says he still hopes to play this Sunday against the Titans.
"Yeah, it's getting better," Grubbs said today. "I don't know right now. I try to take it one day at a time. Today's rehab and treatment were really big. I made some pretty big steps. Hopefully, tomorrow I should know.
"I'm one of those guys that has to practice, but not practicing, the world's not going to end if I don't practice. I think I'll be OK come Sunday. The big thing is you have to get mental reps and that's what I've been doing all week. I've been studying."
Grubbs said he's used to fighting through various bumps and bruises, and isn't all that concerned about battling through his current injury.
He did caution, however, that those outside the organization not assume that a toe injury isn't a big deal just because it's not to a major muscle or joint.
"When people hear the toe, they say, 'Ah, that's nothing,' " Grubbs said, "Even though it's a small part of your body, it's a huge part in running around, pushing off and blocking, especially at my position. It's my first time experiencing this. I just hope that God willing, I'll be able to play."
In his afternoon session with reporters, head coach John Harbaugh characterized Grubbs as a "gameday decision." While the Ravens would obviously prefer for a player to get at least a little practice time leading up to a game, Harbaugh said that given Grubbs' experience in the Ravens' offense, he'd be OK with the veteran guard playing Sunday without any practice reps.
If Grubbs is unable to play, the Ravens would likely turn to veteran Andre Gurode, a longtime center with the Cowboys, who has experience playing guard, as well.
"We're confident in all those guys," Harbaugh said. "We'll just put those guys out there, they've gotten all the reps this week and they're veteran football players."