Maybe Haloti Ngata’s thigh injury is more serious than we first thought.
After sitting out yesterday’s practice because of the injury, the Ravens’ Pro Bowl defensive tackle was not out at practice again today.
From what I’ve been told, Ngata had a significant bruise on his thigh following Sunday’s win over the Cardinals. He declined requests to be interviewed after the game.
It’s hard to imagine Ngata missing this Sunday night’s game against the Steelers if he’s near full strength, but at this point, it’s unknown just how healthy the 6-foot-4, 330-lb. lineman really is.
Also missing practice today for the Ravens were wide receiver Lee Evans (ankle) and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring).
If you’re looking for a little good news to balance out the negative injury updates, here’s some for ya: left guard Ben Grubbs (toe) was practicing again today, and was even lining up with the first-team offensive line during drills.
Grubbs, who hasn’t played since Week 1 because of the toe injury, was limited in practice yesterday. He appeared to be moving around better during the portion of today’s practice open to the media.
Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said he considers Grubbs a game-time decision for Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh.
“Anytime you can get a player like Ben back, that’s big because he played extremely well in the first game,” Cameron said. “We’ll see. He is probably going to be a game-time decision. We’ll take Ben back at any point in time.”
Wide receiver/kick returner David Reed also returned to practice after being held out yesterday with a knee injury. Reed, who sure has been hurt a lot lately, has also been battling issues with his ankle.