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By Jeff Zrebiec | September 15, 2011
Ravens wide receiver Lee Evans, who was sidelined yesterday with a left ankle injury, was a full participant in today's practice. Evans vows to play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field.  However, cornerbacks Chris Carr (thigh/hamstring) and Jimmy Smith (ankle), and guard Ben Grubbs (toe) did not practice. Smith is expected to miss a "few weeks" with a high left ankle sprain. For the Titans, defensive end William Hayes (shoulder), safety Chris Hope (shoulder) and wide receiver/kick returner Damian Williams (hamstring)
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2013
Individually, Ravens right offensive guard Marshal Yanda and left offensive guard Kelechi Osemele solidify their spots on the offensive line. Together, they represent arguably one of the top guard tandems in the league Yanda is so tough and stubborn that he stonewalled the formidable San Francisco 49ers' defensive line during a Super Bowl victory despite a torn rotator cuff that required surgery five days later. Osemele is athletic and imposing enough that heavy consideration was once given to installing him as the starting left tackle prior to Bryant McKinnie being retained with a two-year, $7 million contract.
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By Edward Lee | edward.lee@baltsun.com | November 25, 2009
Each Wednesday we'll bring you a Q&A with a Ravens player to help you learn a little more about the team. Today's guest is left guard Ben Grubbs, who has helped the offense earn the 13th ranking in the NFL in average yards and the 10th ranking in the league in sacks allowed. Grubbs talked about his performance, his run-ins with several defensive players in the NFL and his life as a father. Question: How did it feel to be named to the Pro Football Weekly Midseason All-Pro Team?
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By Ryan Hood, The Baltimore Sun | July 23, 2013
Compliments from Kyle Jakobe are hard to come by. So when the owner and head trainer of Sweat Performance in Lutherville commended Ben Grubbs for his precise footwork during agility drills earlier this month, the former Ravens All-Pro offensive guard thought he was being mocked. "He looked at me like I had three heads. He was mad because he thought I was talking trash to him," said Jakobe, 30. "I was like, 'No, I'm serious,' but he wasn't having it. I couldn't convince him. " Grubbs, now with the New Orleans Saints, didn't need much convincing to keep coming back after his first couple workouts with Jakobe five years ago, before he was recognized as one of Baltimore's top up-and-coming trainers.
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By Edward Lee | January 16, 2012
In the aftermath of the Ravens' 20-13 win against the Houston Texans Sunday, Andre Gurode had a nickname suggestion for Ben Grubbs: “Allstate.” For a company that once ran with the slogan “You're in good hands with Allstate,” the nickname was quite appropriate for Grubbs, whose alertness helped the offense overcome a potential disaster in the AFC divisional playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium. The starting left guard recovered two fumbles by teammates, jumping on a loose ball caused when Texans outside linebacker Brooks Reed sacked and stripped quarterback Joe Flacco in the second quarter.
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Mike Preston | October 10, 2011
As the Ravens returned to The Castle Monday, there were questions about the status of certain injured players, but the most important issue facing the team now is the availability of left guard Ben Grubbs. Grubbs, the team's top draft pick in 2007, has missed the last three games because of a toe injury. There hasn't been this much concern about a foot injury since Pro Bowl left tackle Jonathan Ogden suffered from turf toe in 2007, his last season. Let's look past any mind games the Ravens may want to play and just list Grubbs as questionable for Sunday's home game against Houston.
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By EDWARD LEE and EDWARD LEE,Sun Reporter | April 29, 2007
Position: Guard Size: 6 feet 3, 314 pounds School: Auburn Hometown: Eclectic, Ala. Statistics Grubbs started the last 38 games of his career at Auburn. He had 248 key blocks, including 54 that led to TDs. He was penalized only four times in 2,331 plays and allowed just three sacks and seven pressures over that span. Quotable "Grubbs was clearly the highest-rated player. The phone started to ring, but I immediately told everybody we were picking." - Ozzie Newsome, Ravens general manager.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | February 25, 2012
Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh provided a glimpse into the team's offseason plans Friday, and those plans very much include an aggressive run at re-signing Pro Bowl left guard Ben Grubbs. Earlier this offseason, Grubbs' departure for a huge free agent deal was viewed as a near formality, but Newsome said Friday that team officials have been negotiating with the player's agent, Pat Dye, with the hope of reaching a deal before the offensive lineman hits the open market March 13. “I'm pretty optimistic about it right now,” Harbaugh said.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | November 28, 2008
The world has been pretty chaotic lately. The financial markets are in turmoil, 401(k)'s have evaporated, the Obamas and the Clintons are suddenly best of friends, teenage vampire literature is all the rage, the auto industry is on the verge of implosion, Guns N' Roses released an album after 15 years and Somali pirates are wreaking havoc on the high seas. But sports, throughout history, have often been used as a panacea in uncertain times. During the Great Depression, a nation on the verge of economic collapse found itself captivated by a knobby-kneed racehorse named Seabiscuit.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2011
As long as left guard Ben Grubbs is out of the lineup, the Ravens' running game will struggle. Grubbs is the Ravens' most versatile and best offensive lineman. He is athletic, versatile and runs well. He can make blocks into the second level or overpower an opponent if necessary. Mark LeVoir is an adequate replacement, but he can't run like Grubbs. Former Dallas center/guard Andre Gurode is another possibility to replace Grubbs, but his knee still might be questionable. 
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2013
PHOENIX -- The Ravens were awarded four compensatory picks for next month's draft, bringing their total number of selections to 12. Because of their free-agent losses last offseason, they were awarded extra picks in the fourth (130th overall), fifth (168l), sixth (203) and seventh (247) rounds, the NFL announced Monday at its annual meetings at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. The Ravens already had picks in all seven rounds and an extra sixth-round selection courtesy of the trade that sent veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | March 8, 2013
The Ravens have decided to terminate the contract of Bobbie Williams, the team announced. Looking to find a steady replacement for departed left guard Ben Grubbs, the Ravens signed the veteran guard before the 2012 season. He made six starts and played in 12 games, but was a reserve during the playoffs.   Williams, who turned 36 in September, signed a two-year, $2.925 million contract last spring that included an $800,000 signing bonus. By terminating his contract, the Ravens will free up $800,000 in salary cap space.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2012
At first, Terrell Suggs referred to former Raven and current San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Jarret Johnson as "my brother. " Then Suggs tried to sound indifferent about seeing his former teammate on an opposing sideline. "I might not say anything to him," said Suggs, who was drafted the same year as Johnson. "I might take a cheap shot. " But it only took Suggs' next breath for his true feelings to surface. "I'm definitely going to give him a hug," Suggs said. "Me and Jarret, we came in the same class together [2003]
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2012
Though his daily job responsibilities include sumo-wrestling 300-pound defensive linemen and banging facemasks with blitzing linebackers, Matt Birk side-stepped an open-ended question. Asked to evaluate how the Ravens offensive line fared last season on the long road to the AFC championship game, Birk first pointed to the team's 13-5 record, including the playoffs. He talked about the high standards that he and his fellow linemen have set for themselves. And he acknowledged the scrutiny that comes with doing that unheralded dirty work, especially when a missed block or a blown assignment results in your quarterback getting slammed to the turf.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2012
A football coach to the core, John Harbaugh loves motivational quotes and uplifting slogans. He has some printed on T-shirts and others are framed and strategically placed in his office or around the Ravens' training facility. One of his favorites, however, still resides in his phone. Seated at a table in his office recently, Harbaugh scrolls down and finds a message from a friend. He then reads the words of Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu. He pauses a couple of times and lets the words sink in. He then reads them again.
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By Steven Petrella, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2012
Leading up to the Ravens' Week 17 contest against the Cincinnati Bengals last season, Marshal Yanda's ribs were in so much pain he couldn't bend over to put on his socks and shoes. Yanda found a way to block out the pain, like he has throughout his career as he enters his sixth NFL season. The discomfort Yanda felt months ago after he suffered bruised ribs Week 16 against Cleveland, was just a memory on Tuesday as he participated in training camp. When asked to reflect on playing through the pain, Yanda chose to focus on the present, saying he is 100 percent.
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By Edward Lee | December 8, 2011
The good news for the Ravens is that starting left guard Ben Grubbs returned to practice on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's session with what the team described as a toe issue. But for the second straight day, two other starters in inside linebacker Ray Lewis and center Matt Birk did not participate during the portion of practice open to the media. Lewis, who has missed the last three games due to a turf toe injury on his right foot, was absent. Birk, who is dealing with a shoulder injury, was present but watched from the sideline.
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By Edward Lee | December 15, 2011
A pair of starters in defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and left guard Ben Grubbs returned to practice Thursday. Ngata and Grubbs had sat out Wednesday's session due to back and toe injuries, respectively. Inside linebacker Ray Lewis and cornerback Chris Carr were present and active during the portion of practice open to the media. Both Lewis, who had missed the team's last four games because of a turf toe injury on his right foot, and Carr, who has sat out the last three contests with a recurring back ailment, were limited Wednesday.
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By Edward Lee | July 27, 2012
OFFENSE EXECUTES: The first offense fared well in full-team and two-minute exercises against the defense. In the two-minute drill, quarterback Joe Flacco hit tight end Ed Dickson for a 30-yard touchdown that capped a seven-play drive that left more than 15 seconds on the clock. In the full-team exercise, the offense finished one possession with a Billy Cundiff 24-yard field goal and another with a Flacco-to-Dennis Pitta 9-yard touchdown . TUCKER CONVERTS 57-YARDER: Rookie kicker Justin Tucker converted all eight of his field-goal attempts, including a line drive 57 yarder that cleared the crossbar with a few yards to spare.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2012
Ravens running back Ray Rice, who on Wednesday spoke to reporters for the first time since signing a five-year contract extension last week, believes the competition at left guard during training camp “is going to bring the best out of everybody.” Bobbie Williams, formerly of the Cincinnati Bengals, looks to be the frontrunner, but youngsters such as Kelechi Osemele, Gino Gradkowski and Jah Reid also will be in the mix. Williams, who joined the...
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