Gurode calls move to left guard 'challenging'

Dallas CowboysCam CameronSt. Louis RamsTennessee TitansBen GrubbsMark LeVoirAndre Gurode

Andre Gurode, a five-time Pro Bowler at center who started at right guard in 2003 and 2004 with the Dallas Cowboys, compared making the switch to left guard to asking a right-handed person to write with his left hand.

“I’ve played guard before,” Gurode said Thursday. “I played on the right side, but I’ve never played on the left side. It’s challenging, but I’m getting better day by day.”

Gurode said he and Mark LeVoir are getting reps at left guard while starter Ben Grubbs continues to rehabilitate his injured toe. Grubbs has sat out the team's past two practices and is extremely questionable to play in Sunday's road game against the St. Louis Rams.

Gurode said he’s developing a comfort level with the left guard spot.

“I think it’s something I can adapt to, but the more important thing is it’s for the team and it’s what the team needs,” he said. “So I’ve got to get it up.”

Gurode is listed as the top backup at both guard positions and center, but LeVoir started at left guard in Sunday’s 26-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans. Gurode said he wasn’t surprised that LeVoir got the start because LeVoir has been with the Ravens 15 days longer than Gurode has.

Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron confirmed that reasoning, saying of Gurode: “He hasn’t been here very long – about three weeks. Mark has been here four and some change. The key there is you have your two centers up in the starting lineup, so then we have to factor in our third center into some other things there.”

Gurode didn’t disagree that another week of practice could help him overtake LeVoir to start at left guard.

“I think so,” Gurode said. “I think with another week of preparation and getting in the playbook, I might be able to play on Sunday.”

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