Ravens All-Pro defensive tackle Haloti Ngata got through practice today, and it's expected that he'll start Sunday night's showdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.
Ngata had missed the previous two days of practice with a thigh injury.
"I’ll feel good about it Sunday if he’s playing," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He did more today. It’s nothing real serious or anything like that. He’s fighting through it and it’s kind of a mid-season-type deal."
Left guard Ben Grubbs also made it through today's practice, but he's essentially a game-time decision for Sunday. A toe injury has kept him out since the Ravens' 35-7 season-opening victory over the Steelers.
"It hasn’t been full practice," Harbaugh said. "It’s a process, it’s a plus that he’s been able to practice a little more this week than he has in the past. We haven’t had him out here full speed really yet. I’m hoping. We got our fingers crossed, we have the last few weeks. It’s better than it has been. We’ll just have to see.”
Grubbs called it a "blessing" that he made it trough three practices and he's still walking.
"It's up to the coaches, whatever they decide," Grubbs said. "I know they want me out there, and I want to be out there, but the last thing I want to do is hurt the team. I guess we'll know Sunday at 8:30. I don't want to give a definite answer on anything. I really won't know until game time."
Meanwhile, wide receiver Lee Evans, who hasn't practiced all week because of his left ankle injury, won't play Sunday. However, Harbaugh said, there has been no thought about shutting him down and putting him on season-ending injured reserve.
“We have not considered that because we are confident that he’ll be out the next few weeks and be able to play," Harbaugh said. "He’s making good progress of late. He should play for us before too long.”
Evans, who hasn't played since Week 2 against the Tennessee Titans, also said he was optimistic.
"I think where we are now, we’re certainly a lot better, and I'll hopefully hear soon that [I’ll] be up," he said.
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