Turf Toe Continues to Trip Up Ravens

Certain injuries seem to become the nemesis for a particular team.  Sometimes you experience a rash of hamstring injuries; lately in baseball it seemed like we were seeing a lot of oblique problems.  Now with the Ravens the seemingly innocent Turf Toe continues to afflict our major stars.  Until it caused the retirement of Jonathan Ogden, I can’t say that I had ever given this injury much consideration.  But now with the early season problems of Ben Grubbs (which completely disrupted the chemistry of our offensive line) and the current battle for Ray Lewis, we must recognize Turf Toe as a serious adversary.  How could pain in the big toe take down the gladiators of America’s most physical sport?  It seems like overkill . . . but the results speak for themselves.  Ray Lewis had endured countless hits and physical abuse to all parts of his body, but still maintained an impressive consecutive game streak until the toe sat him down.  Maybe we need some special big toe conditioning drills . . . or maybe a little brace that would support the ligaments.  Regardless, the Ravens have come up against a formidable foe.

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