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Bye week could play a role in Grubbs' availability

One of the Ravens’ more eagerly anticipated contests will take place Sunday night when the New York Jets visit M&T Bank Stadium. After the game, the Ravens will then enjoy their annual bye week.

And that extra week of rest could determine whether Ben Grubbs takes his usual place as the starting left guard against the Jets.

Grubbs has been troubled by strained ligaments in his toe, which have sidelined him for the team’s past two games. Not playing has helped improve the health of the toe, but Grubbs didn’t disagree with the notion that sitting out Sunday’s contest and using the bye week for more recovery time might be even more beneficial than playing.

“We’re definitely taking that into consideration,” Grubbs said prior to Thursday’s practice. “l still would say that it is a game-time decision, so it’s not a yes or no right now. Hopefully when Sunday night gets here, I’ll be ready to go.”

Grubbs did not practice Wednesday, but he did do a little light jogging. That was significant, according to Grubbs.

“That was a huge step – the first time jogging since I had the injury,” he said. “So that was the upside of the situation. The downside is, it’s sore. I wouldn’t say it’s more sore than it usually is, but it’s pretty sore. So I’m going to go out there and see what I can do today, and hopefully, it’ll loosen up, and I’ll be ready to go.”

If Grubbs can’t play, Andre Gurode is expected to make his second consecutive start at left guard. Grubbs said Gurode played well in his first career start at left guard in the team’s 37-7 rout of the St. Louis Rams this past Sunday.

“He did a great job,” Grubbs said. “Last week, he played hard, he played tough, he graded out well, and he helped the team win. I’m actually picking up tips from him. If I see something, I’ll say, ‘Hey, maybe you need to sit off the ball,’ or ‘Watch out for this.’ But for the most part, he’s familiar with the game. He’s played center, and the center’s like the captain of the O-line. So the center can pretty much play any position because the terminology is pretty much the same.”

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