Originally Posted by Tarzanalog
Update 2.0: Got a call from Ford's regional customer service manager today saying that he had spoken with my dealership, the bad throwout bearing "rattling around in there" would definitely have caused the observed grinding noise, that the bearing was en route, and that I'd likely have my Focus back in a day or two.
Kudos to Ford for being on top of my issue. As always, I'll report on whether or not the new bearing does the trick.
Love to hear good news. Keep me posted.