Grubbs' return might not mean the bench for Gurode

Gurode has demonstrated value filling in at left guard

October 04, 2011|By Edward Lee

If the bye week proves beneficial for the strained ligaments in the toe on Ben Grubbs’ right foot, the expectation is that Grubbs will resume his role as the starting left guard when the Houston Texans visit the Ravens on Oct. 16.

That would seem to leave Andre Gurode, the five-time Pro Bowl center who has made two consecutive starts at left guard in Grubbs’ absence, out of the mix for the front five.

But coach John Harbaugh sounded determined to find a role for Gurode even after Grubbs’ return.

“I think he’s another starter for us,” Harbaugh said of Gurode. “And you have to have more than five starters. That’s been proven this year – if you look all around the league, even last night for the Jets. I think he’s a guy that can play. He’s an extra lineman. He’s a guy that can play center, he’s a guy that should be able to play left guard or right guard for us, and that’s invaluable. I think you look at the acquisitions that we made for the offensive line right before the season started, and where would we be without those guys? Those guys have been huge for us.”

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