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Grubbs will not practice Wednesday

Starting left guard Ben Grubbs will not practice Wednesday as he continues to deal with a painful toe injury that snapped his 61 consecutive-starts streak.

“It’s getting better, but it’s a day-to-day thing right now,” he said prior to Wednesday’s session at the team’s training facility in Owings Mills. “It still hurts, but I just want to be able to manage the pain.”

Grubbs, who sat out the Ravens’ 26-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans Sunday, said he strained some ligaments in the toe in the team’s season-opening 35-7 rout of the Pittsburgh Steelers Sept. 11.

“I did a lot to it, but with the trainers here, we’re getting it taken care of,” he said. “We’re doing treatment every day, I’m staying on top of what I have to, and hopefully, I can be out there as soon as possible.”

Grubbs conceded that biggest issue is the pain, but he said there is no concern that the injury could be a long-term ailment.

“No, because I’m making progress,” he said. “It’s not getting worse. It’s actually getting better each day. Just not moving fast enough for me. But with time, I’ll be all right.”

Grubbs did not practice at all last week – perhaps the most significant indicator that he wasn’t going to be available against the Titans. Grubbs said he’s not sure whether he would have to practice once this week to be considered for the upcoming road contest against the St. Louis Rams.

“I would like to practice, but I know that’s not always the case,” he said. “It’ll probably be a game-time decision, and if the coaches are all right with that and I’m ready to go on Sunday, then that’s the case. If I’m able to go beforehand, of course I’ll practice.”

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