Bobbie Williams didn't exactly come to the Ravens to sit and watch, but that's what the 6-foot-4 left guard has done all season.
Williams, who was acquired as a free agent from the Cincinnati Bengals, is in his 12th year. He has been a starter for 10 with the Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles.
Limited by a left ankle that required surgery after breaking it last season, Williams has struggled to get back to form. The Ravens start Ramon Harewood at Williams' spot. Rookie Kelechi Osemele is starting at right tackle. Michael Oher, in his fourth season, is at left tackle.
"Besides (Marshal) Yanda and (Matt) Birk, the other three are in positions where they weren't last year. You're still building that cohesiveness," Williams said. "That's real important to go out there and protect and open up holes in this league."
Harewood is in his third season but his first two have been marred by knee injuries. He's effectively a rookie in terms of game experience. Is Williams itching to get back in, especially after the Ravens have allowed eight sacks of quarterback Joe Flacco in their last two games?
"Absolutely," Williams said. "But it's not about me. It's about doing what I can to support the team and be there whenever that time comes making sure that I'm on point. Making sure that this machine doesn't stop rolling. You take one piece out, you put another piece in and it just keeps rolling."
Williams hints that he still is limited because of the injury, but he shares his wisdom and experiences to help out where needed.
"My role now is to continue to get healthy," he said. "If I have experience going against a guy, run blocking and technique I might use or something, whatever little bit helps. ... Everybody has a voice. If you've got something you can bring to the table then bring it. It's received."
When asked if he could step in and play the snaps of a starter Sunday vs. the Dallas Cowboys if needed, Williams only would smile.
"I'm just going to say I'm ready," he said. "If the time comes, I'm more than ready."