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By Edward Lee and Kevin Van Valkenburg | November 7, 2011
Ben Grubbs doesn't score touchdowns or record interceptions, but the left guard provided a lift with his return to the Ravens' starting lineup in the team's 23-20 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night. Grubbs bolstered the offensive line as he reassumed his role as the starter. Andre Gurode had made five consecutive starts for Grubbs after straining ligaments in a toe on his right foot in the team's season-opening rout of Pittsburgh on Sept. 11. “So far, so good as far as that.
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Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
The Ravens survived an emergency situation at left guard when starter Kelechi Osemele was ruled out shortly before kickoff after testing out his bruised, hyperextended right knee during warmups. Osemele looked immobile while trying to do drills in the end zone, noticeably favoring his knee and unable to plant and change direction enough to convince the coaching staff and trainers to play him. So, the Ravens started rookie fifth-round draft pick John Urschel in place of Osemele after initially announcing that backup center Gino Gradkowski would start at left guard.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | September 20, 2003
SAN DIEGO - Casey Rabach didn't need much time to rattle off the position he will play tomorrow against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. "It's left guard this week," Rabach said immediately. It would have been understandable had Rabach needed a moment to remember. He is the top backup at all three interior offensive line positions, and has seen action at every one since the middle of the preseason. Rabach subbed for right guard Bennie Anderson for a series in Sunday's win against Cleveland, then replaced an injured Edwin Mulitalo for much of the second half of the game.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
ORLANDO -- Ravens coach John Harbaugh just spoke with reporters for about an hour on a variety of topics at the NFL owners meetings. Here are some of the highlights: Like owner Steve Bisciotti did a day earlier, Harbaugh again defended Ray Rice and said that, despite the running back's legal issues, Rice will be on the team in 2014. Harbaugh, however, acknowledged that the team's three arrests in a 22-day span were embarrassing and inexcusable. Harbaugh confirmed that Jeremy Zuttah , who was acquired Sunday for a 2015 fifth-round draft pick, is projected as the starting center.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and Eduardo A. Encina,SUN STAFF | August 19, 1998
The Ravens' greatest strength just got stronger.Left guard/center Wally Williams arrived at camp yesterday, ending a 24-day holdout, and the Ravens' offensive line is intact.Williams practiced with the first team at left guard during yesterday's practice, a move coach Ted Marchibroda has hinted the past two days. Last year, Williams started the last 10 games of the season -- eight at center, two at left guard -- after recovering from an off-season Achilles' injury.Williams appeared near his playing weight of 315 as he went head-to-head with defensive tackle Tony Siragusa during full contact drills, looking effective most of the time.
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By Mike Preston and Gary Lambrecht and Mike Preston and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | October 30, 1998
Wally Williams is glad to return to the position he played in college and high school.The Ravens announced the switch Wednesday afternoon, moving Williams from left guard to center for Jeff Mitchell, and inserting Ben Cavil at left guard. Center is the position Williams has wanted to play since he came into the league as a relatively unknown free agent out of Florida A&M six years ago.But since he has been with the Browns/Ravens, Williams has played both of the guard positions as well as center.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | June 10, 2003
Despite missing the second half of yesterday's practice because of tightness in his lower hamstring and knee, Edwin Mulitalo is feeling great. Nagging injuries aside, Mulitalo is right where he wants to be - entrenched as the left guard instead of in the early stages of a move to tackle as he was a year ago. "It always good to know that you are at a position that you are comfortable with," said Mulitalo, who will practice lightly on the injuries the...
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | November 19, 1998
The Ravens originally signed James Atkins to give them depth at the offensive tackle position. This week, they will turn to Atkins by starting the five-year veteran at left guard.Atkins replaces second-year man Ben Cavil, who had started the past three games in place of Wally Williams, whom the Ravens have moved back to his customary spot at center in place of Jeff Mitchell.Cavil's performance against San Diego on Sunday included two false-start penalties."We thought that some improvement might be needed at that position," Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda said.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | September 19, 2002
The Ravens' first lineup change to their struggling offense was part homecoming, part eviction. Shuffling their offensive line during the bye week, the Ravens moved Edwin Mulitalo from right tackle to left guard, benched left guard Casey Rabach and promoted journeyman Ethan Brooks to starting right tackle. In his first year as a right tackle, Mulitalo wasn't progressing fast enough and became too much of a liability against the pass rush coming off the edge. He returns to left guard, where he formed a powerful tandem with tackle Jonathan Ogden for the past three seasons.
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By Ken Murray | August 12, 2000
Defensive line: The reconfigured front four that will open tonight's game has Rob Burnett and Michael McCrary on the ends and Sam Adams and Lional Dalton at tackle. Burnett did not play against Philadelphia last week because of a bruised jaw. Adams, slowed by a neck burner, will make his Ravens debut at left tackle. Barring the return of holdout Tony Siragusa, Dalton will go into the season as the starter on the right side. The second-line ends are veteran Keith Washington and rookie Adalius Thomas, who had two sacks last week.
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By Edward Lee | January 9, 2013
The Ravens released their first injury report of the week leading up to Saturday's AFC Divisional playoff game against the Denver Broncos, and Bernard Pierce did not practice Wednesday. The rookie running back, who is described as dealing with a knee injury, did not appear to participate in Tuesday's session. Fullback Vonta Leach also did not practice. He aggravated a sprained right ankle in Sunday's 24-9 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Wildcard playoff round. Leach has sat out the last four Thursdays without missing a start.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2012
When I keep hearing that second-year player Jah Reid might be getting some playing time at left guard, there is cause for concern. I knew he was a project when the Ravens drafted him in the third round out of Central Florida, but I haven't seen anything that would warrant him getting playing time. He has spent more time in the training room for rehab than on the practice and playing fields. I'm concerned. To be even having this conversation means the Ravens are in deep trouble at left guard.
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By Edward Lee | October 14, 2012
The Ravens deactivated a few surprises for Sunday's home game against the Dallas Cowboys, including starting left guard Ramon Harewood. Harewood had started the first five contests, but he appeared to struggle slightly in his last two outings. The Sun reported Friday that Harewood would be replaced in the starting lineup by Bobbie Williams. The team also elected to sideline kick returner Deonte Thompson. The undrafted rookie ranked 13th in the NFL in kick return average (25.9 yards)
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By Edward Lee | October 4, 2012
The Kansas City Chiefs, the Ravens' opponent this Sunday, boast the top-ranked run offense in the NFL. But the very foundation of that ground attack could also be their area of vulnerability. Ryan Lilja will be making his second consecutive start at center against the Ravens. A converted left guard who had never started at center until this season, Lilja replaced Rodney Hudson, who was placed on injured reserve Sept. 26 after breaking a bone in his left leg in the team's 27-24 overtime win against the New Orleans Saints.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2012
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday. That way he'll have an excuse to do the same to start his workday, too. The biggest question for the Ravens entering the season opener, at least offensively, is who will start along the offensive line. It hasn't been officially announced, but reading the tea leaves, it seems likely that Bryant McKinnie will reclaim his starting left tackle spot and Michael Oher will be at right tackle.
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Mike Preston | September 3, 2012
Ravens rookie offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele says the coaching staff has told him he would play a very substantial role this season. I agree. In fact, they should start him at left guard in the season opener Monday against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Ravens have shuffled offensive linemen throughout the preseason, and the No. 1 group should be Bryant McKinnie at left tackle, Matt Birk at center, Marshal Yanda at right guard, Michael Oher at right tackle and Osemele. It wasn't the upgrade Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome promised at the end of last season, but it's a good, solid starting five.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | March 14, 1998
Wally Williams considers himself a center, now and in the future. And if the Ravens eventually decide to move Williams to left guard -- a position he has played effectively -- Williams said he would not agree with the decision, but still would accept it.According to Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda, Williams has nothing to worry about, since the team plans to keep him as the anchor of its offensive line."
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN REPORTER | June 5, 2008
Being the most experienced offensive lineman, Jason Brown knew he would have to become a leader. He just didn't know his new role would mean a new position. The Ravens confirmed yesterday that Brown is the new starting center and the focal point of a revamped offensive line. "We felt like it was a natural to move him back because the center is the leader of your offensive line," offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said after passing camp yesterday. "Right now, he's the leader." Brown's shift from left guard to center is one of many changes to the offensive line.
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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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By Matt Vensel | May 24, 2012
Many of the eyes Wednesday at the Ravens' first organized team activities (OTA) workout that was open to the media were fixated for a decent chunk of practice on the team's offensive line. Team officials had identified that area as one they would like to improve this offseason, and they have attempted to do so by spending a pair of draft picks on linemen, Kelechi Osemele (second round) and Gino Gradkowski(fourth). The Ravens rotated several linemen with the first-team offense, including second-year players Jah Reid and Justin Boren.
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