Ravens' Grubbs not worried about ankle

Ben Grubbs

, the Ravens' starting left guard, said he isn't concerned about having had two surgeries on the same ankle over the past three years.


"I've been playing injured for two years," said Grubbs, who is on the physically-unable-to-perform list. "So it can't get worse than what it was."

Grubbs said he expected to be placed on the PUP because the objective is to be ready and healthy when the regular season starts Sept. 11 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.


"I think I'm on schedule, and I'm pleased with where I'm at," he said. "But I didn't want to go out there and have a day of training camp and then miss the season. I want to be ready. My main concern this year is just consistency. I want to be healthy, and I want to continue to make my play rise every game. I don't want a roller-coaster effect. The trainers are doing a great job, and my rehab is going well, so I'm pleased with where I'm at."

Grubbs has been remarkably injury-resistant at a position that usually sees casualties. He has started 60 of 64 contests he has played in since being drafted in the first round in 2007, and his 64-game streak is the team's fourth-longest active stretch.

Grubbs is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after this season, but he said soliciting a new contract from the Ravens is the last thing on his mind.

"I like to think that the Ravens appreciate what I've done, but that's solely up to them, if they want to reward me," Grubbs said. "I enjoy playing the game, and I think that everything else will take care of itself."


Two defenders sidelined

Two potential starters — inside linebacker

Jameel McClain

and safety

Tom Zbikowski

— along with long snapper

Morgan Cox

will be sidelined as they begin training camp this year. But none of the situations is considered serious, and all are expected to practice soon.

McClain, the Ravens' third-leading tackler last season, has been placed on the nonfootball-injury list. That means he was injured outside of football activities or failed his physical and/or conditioning test.

Zbikowski is on the nonfootball-illness list with a skin condition. A boxer in the offseason, Zbikowski is expected to replace

Dawan Landry

as the team's starting strong safety.

Cox is on the PUP after having season-ending knee surgery in late December. He is entering his second season with the Ravens.

Streak not ending soon

Entering his ninth year in the NFL — all with the Ravens — outside linebacker

Jarret Johnson

is looking forward to extending his franchise record of 113 consecutive games played.

So Johnson, who turns 30 in two weeks, took slight umbrage Saturday when a reporter asked him how much longer he intended to play football.

"Yeah, I mean, I don't feel like I'm 22, but … you trying to get rid of me? What's going on here?" Johnson asked, drawing laughter. "Shoot, I feel good, had a great offseason. You know, [I am] a lot stronger this offseason than I was the year before. So we'll see."

This summer is the first time in a few years that Johnson has felt fully healthy. He tore his right labrum in training camp before the 2009 season. He played despite the shoulder injury and underwent surgery in April 2010 to repair it.

Got his number

When the Ravens opened training camp Thursday, No. 97 took his usual position with the defensive linemen. But it was

Arthur Jones

who was wearing the number long associated with former Ravens nose tackle

Kelly Gregg

, who has since signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

On Friday, Jones said his claiming Gregg's jersey number shouldn't be interpreted as a sign of disrespect, but rather as a bid for nostalgia.

"I've got some big shoes to fill, but this was my college number," the former Syracuse standout said. "I was trying to get it when he was here. He said he would sell it to me for $100,000. I got a chance to work with Kelly during the offseason, and he's a great guy. I think he'd be OK with me wearing it."

End zone

Players return Monday for a full-contact practice after being given their first day off in training camp Sunday. … Coach

John Harbaugh


Terrell Suggs

looked "100 percent" after the linebacker's first practice Saturday. Suggs had missed the first two practices with a hamstring injury. … Defensive tackle

Lamar Divens

was re-signed a day after he was released. He failed his physical last week. .. Offensive tackle

Eric Vanden Heuvel

quit the Ravens after being carted off the field on the first day of training camp because of the heat. … Offensive tackle

Alex Solot

was signed to fill Vanden Heuvel's spot. The lineman out of Texas-El Paso was initially not signed as an undrafted rookie. "I can't believe no one wants a guy that's 6-foot-8, 320 pounds that can run a 40[-yard dash] in 5.2 [seconds]," UTEP coach

Mike Price

told local reporters. … Ex-Ravens cornerback

Fabian Washington

signed with the New Orleans Saints.


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