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Late For Work 5/12: Grubbs Undergoes Ankle Surgery

Plus a Jets-Ravens playoff would be ‘epic’ and Reid starting at RT in 2011 is ‘a stretch.’

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Thursday, May 12th, 2011 at 9:28 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Grubbs Undergoes Ankle Surgery

Last week, offensive guard Ben Grubbs had a second surgery on his ankle in as many years to remove bone spurs from the area, according to the Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson.

The procedure was conducted about a month away from his upcoming charity softball game, scheduled for June 5 at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen.

"I’m still rehabbing my ankle, and I would love to play in the softball game because I had a blast last year," Grubbs told the Times. "Getting my ankle right, that’s definitely my top priority. I feel great. I feel a lot better than the last surgery.

"I played in some pain the last two years. It’s been rough on me. Over the last two years, I accumulated more bone spurs and that was causing me problems. They got rid of those, hopefully. I give a lot of props to my doctors. They did a great job."

Rehabbing in Pensacola, Fla., Grubbs is still using crutches, but hopes to completely ditch those and move into a walking boot soon.

Optimistic that there will still be a 2011 season, the five-year starter said he’ll be ready for football whenever it is set to begin.

"Hopefully, I’ll be able to get back to 100 percent," said Grubbs. "I’m getting ready for an awesome season."

Proceeds from Grubbs’ second annual softball game will go toward the Park Heights Boys & Girls Club, a cause Grubbs deeply believes in after being raised by a single mother. His event raised $50,000 last year.

Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Lardarius Webb, Michael Oher, Haruki Nakamura and Cory Redding are just a few Ravens teammates scheduled to attend.

Jets-Ravens Playoff Would Be ‘Epic’

Last year’s season-opening grudge match between the Ravens and Jets was unforgettable – plenty of trash talk, a vintage Ray Lewis bone-crunching hit on Dustin Keller and only one point separated the two teams when time expired.

And that was just a regular-season game.

“I feel like those two teams are on course at some point to give us an epic post-season, not regular-season, contest,” said Mike Florio on ProFootballTalk Live.

After comparing last season’s opener to a gladiator-like combat out of Rome, CSNBaltimore.com’s John Eisenberg said it would be a game welcomed by more than TV executives and fans.

“Yeah, I know a lot of people would love it,” Eisenberg said. “On the other side, Rex Ryan [former Ravens defensive coordinator] would give anything for that game. Rex talks a little trash at the Ravens – its tough love, for sure.

“Most of the starters on that defense, they love him. They love being with him, they love competing against him. … It would be epic.”

A re-match against Ryan and former Ravens linebacker Bart Scott are obvious draws, but receiver Santonio Holmes also has a history with the Ravens, giving them playoff headaches during his Pittsburgh Steelers days.

“Holmes has killed the Ravens over the years so it would probably come back to that again. One way or another, no matter who they are playing, the Ravens have to become better playmakers if they are going to beat any [elite] teams consistently, especially in the postseason.

“With Holmes on the Jets, he’s killed them before, he’ll probably kill them again, so they definitely need to find an answer to that to beat these teams.”

We’ll have to wait to see if the football gods will bless us with the much-desired playoff meeting, but until then, the Week 4 primetime contest on Oct. 4 at M&T Bank Stadium surely won’t disappoint.

Eisenberg: Reid Starting At RT ‘A Stretch’

Presenting five questions about the offensive line this offseason, Eisenberg takes a stab at predicting whether Ravens third-round draft pick Jah Reid will be ready to start at right tackle in 2011.

“The team said [Reid] would compete for a starting job right away, but that sounds like a stretch for a guy coming from Central Florida,” wrote Eisenberg. “He is a massive run blocker with a high upside, and if he truly is able to step in, that would make the [Jared] Gaither decision a lot easier.”

Reid is a relatively unknown commodity to Ravens fans, so pinpointing exactly what he can bring to the table is a bit cloudy.

Take a look at The Sporting News’ report (via ESPN) on Reid’s strengths and weaknesses:

Strengths: Has tremendous height (6-7) and long arms. Shows a nice ability to widen the pocket and create space for his quarterback. Has good strength that allows him to knock defenders off the ball. Excels against stunts and shows the right amount of patience.

Weaknesses: Has difficulty blocking shorter defenders. Is not quick enough to thwart defenders who blitz off the edge. Has limited athleticism, which means he is less likely to be used as a swing tackle at the pro level.

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