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Grubbs, Birk, Redding return to practice

The Ravens welcomed back a trio of starters headlined by left guard

Ben Grubbs

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Grubbs has sat out the team’s two past contests because of strained ligaments in his toe, but he took his usual place between left tackle

Bryant McKinnie

and center

Matt Birk

. Grubbs and

Andre Gurode

, who made his first career start at left guard last Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, rotated reps at left guard with the first offensive line.

Birk (left knee) and defensive end

Cory Redding

(toe on right foot) also returned to practice after missing Wednesday’s session. Redding wore a brace on his right foot prior to practice.

Wide receivers

Lee Evans

(left ankle) and

David Reed

(left shoulder strain), linebacker

Dannell Ellerbe

(hamstring strain), free safety

Haruki Nakamura

(posterior cruciate ligament in right knee) and rookie cornerback

Jimmy Smith

(high left ankle sprain) were absent during the portion of practice open to the media.

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