Grubbs Active, Poised To Start

The starting left guard will bolster run game; Steelers’ Ward active, Farrior out.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Sunday, November 6th, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Categories: 2011 Season Gameday, Ryan Mink, Week 9 vs Steelers

The Ravens will have their full starting offensive line together for just the second time this season.

When was the other time?

It was in Baltimore’s Week 1 romping of the Steelers, in which they ran for 170 total yards.

Starting left guard Ben Grubbs is active for tonight’s game in Pittsburgh after missing the previous six games with a toe injury.

He’ll bolster an offensive line that has had trouble keeping quarterback Joe Flacco upright in recent games, and will provide additional muscle to the running game.

Previous to this season, Grubbs had never missed a game in four seasons.

“It would be a great comeback,” Grubbs said Friday. “This is really the second week for me. The first week we played Pittsburgh, the second week playing Pittsburgh. It would be a huge game for me.”

Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who was probable to play, is also active.

The other noteworthy activation is undrafted rookie linebacker Chavis Williams, who was signed to the active roster from the practice squad on Saturday. He’s replacing veteran tight end Kris Wilson on the game day roster and will likely see special teams action.

The Ravens’ other inactives are wide receiver Tandon Doss, cornerback Chykie Brown, running back Anthony Allen, inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (thigh), wide receiver Lee Evans (ankle) and outside linebacker Sergio Kindle.

The Steelers will be without two starting linebackers.

Outside linebacker and leading sacker LaMarr Woodley was ruled out on Friday and inside linebacker James Farrior will also sit out due to his calf injury. He was questionable to play and will be replaced by veteran Larry Foote.

But they will have former Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison, who will be playing his first game since suffering an eye injury in Week 4.

Wide receiver Hines Ward is also active after an ankle injury held him out last week. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (knee) was ruled out after his mother died this week. The Steelers also deactivated nose tackle Chris Hoke.

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