Andre Gurode is expected to start at left guard after the Ravens deactivated both Ben Grubbs and Mark LeVoir for Sunday’s road contest against the St. Louis Rams.
The team announced that Grubbs, who did not practice this past week, had been scratched because of sprained ligaments in his toe. The surprise was that LeVoir, who started at left guard in a 26-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans last Sunday, had also been deactivated.
Gurode is a five-time Pro Bowl center who hasn’t played right guard since 2004 when he was a member of the Dallas Cowboys.
The Ravens also scratched cornerback Domonique Foxworth, who was not listed on any injury reports last week but was mentioned by coach John Harbaugh as a candidate to take some time to further rehabilitate his surgically-repaired right knee.
Foxworth’s absence could be offset by the return of cornerback Chris Carr, who did not play last Sunday due to a left hamstring injury.
Starting wide receiver Lee Evans (left ankle) has been deactivated, which could mean the first start of his NFL career for rookie Torrey Smith.
The Ravens also scratched wide receiver David Reed (left shoulder strain), rookie cornerback Jimmy Smith (high left ankle sprain) and outside linebacker Sergio Kindle.
Rookie wide receiver Tandon Doss is active for the first time this season.
The big news for St. Louis is the return of running back Steven Jackson. Despite a strained quad that kept him out of last Sunday’s 28-16 loss to the New York Giants, Jackson is expected to start.
The Rams deactivated wide receivers Danny Amendola (dislocated left elbow) and rookie Greg Salas (ribs), safety Jermale Hines, running back Quinn Porter, linebacker Jabara Williams, tight end Stephen Spach and defensive end C.J. Ah You (wrist).