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Ravens will work out guard Steinbach

Veteran missed last season after having back surgery

By Jeff Zrebiec

10:45 PM EDT, July 23, 2012

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Are the Ravens on the verge of adding another name into their starting left guard competition?

They’re at least looking into it as they will work out former Cincinnati Bengal and Cleveland Brown guard Eric Steinbach on Tuesday as first reported by CBS Sports.  

Steinbach, 32, was once considered one of the better guards in football, but he missed all of last season after having back surgery. He is now working out for teams to prove that he is healthy.

From 2003 to 2006, Steinbach, a second-round pick in 2003 by Cincinnati out of Iowa, started all but two regular season games for the Bengals over four seasons.  He then signed a seven-year, $49.5 million deal with the Browns before the 2007 season.

Steinbach missed only two games for the Browns over the next four seasons before the back injury put him on injured reserve last year.

Due to make $6 million this season, Steinbach was cut by Cleveland in March.

The Ravens lost Pro Bowl left guard Ben Grubbs to the New Orleans Saints in free agency. However, they drafted tackle/guard Kelechi Osemele with their second pick in April and also talked about moving tackle Jah Reid to guard. Last month, they also signed former Bengals guard Bobbie Williams to a two-year deal.

Williams, who is 35 years old and coming off a serious ankle injury, immediately became the favorite to win the left guard job, but Steinbach would obviously provide strong competition if he was signed after the workout.

Quarterbacks, rookies and players coming off injuries will have their first practice of training camp Tuesday.