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Matt Birk

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  • Upshaw returns to practice

    Upshaw returns to practice
    Rookie linebacker Courtney Upshaw returned to practice after missing the past seven workouts because of a right shoulder sprain. Upshaw, the team's first of two second-round picks in April, was one of several Ravens to return to the practice field today....
  • Ravens' starters to play sparingly in preseason opener

    Ravens' starters to play sparingly in preseason opener
    Joe Flacco will have an abbreviated window to orchestrate the Ravens' offense Thursday night at the Georgia Dome. That's because coach John Harbaugh has no plans to deviate from his traditional blueprint for the opening preseason game. The starters...
  • Young centers expected to see more playing time

    Young centers expected to see more playing time
    When the Ravens open the preseason Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons, barring a sudden setback, fans can rest assured that they will see Joe Flacco under center. The identity of that center, however, is not as clear. Rookie Gino Gradkowski and...
  • Aug. 8: Game Time

    Small school experience helps Ravens rookie Asa Jackson realize big opportunity Asa Jackson had come a long way — much further than his cross-country flight — when he first made the short, but winding drive down 1 Winning Drive in Owings...
  • Preseason games will be golden opportunity for Ravens rookies

    Preseason games will be golden opportunity for Ravens rookies
    For the better part of two weeks under the hot Maryland sun, Kelechi Osemelehas physically dominated outside pass rushers, running back Bobby Rainey and wide receivers Tommy Streeter and Deonte Thompson have displayed big-play potential and Justin...
  • Ravens offensive line remains loaded with questions

    Ravens offensive line remains loaded with questions
    Even in the context of a teaching tool such as a preseason game, there was plenty that John Harbaugh would rather not have seen Thursday night. From Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan being able to sit comfortably in the pocket to wide receiver...
  • Some Ravens players return to practice, others sit out

    Some Ravens players return to practice, others sit out
    The Ravens, who endured injuries to several players in their 31-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons in their preseason opener, welcomed back a wave of reinforcements during Saturday's practice. Center Matt Birk, cornerback Jimmy Smith and defensive tackle...
  • Ravens practice highlights: Defense bounces back with big hits

    Ravens practice highlights: Defense bounces back with big hits
    DEFENSE PITCHES SHUTOUT: After surrendering two touchdowns in Thursday night's 31-17 preseason win against the Atlanta Falcons, the first-team defense shined Saturday. During a red-zone exercise, the unit prevented the first-team offense from scoring...
  • Jimmy Smith, Courtney Upshaw working back to full strength

    Jimmy Smith, Courtney Upshaw working back to full strength
    Cornerback Jimmy Smith and outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw are the Ravens' top picks in the past two drafts, but they have more in common than just that. As most of their younger teammates are practicing every day and trying either to make the team or...
  • Ravens offensive line awaits matchup with Lions' Suh, Avril

    Ravens offensive line awaits matchup with Lions' Suh, Avril
    Overwhelmed at times by the Atlanta Falcons' speed and blitz packages a week ago, the Ravens' offensive line is about to encounter a new challenge Friday night. The Detroit Lions' front seven is headlined by Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and...
  • Mike Preston: Fans should see a different Ravens team vs. the Lions Friday night

    Mike Preston: Fans should see a different Ravens team vs. the Lions Friday night
    There was some panic around town after the Ravens' first-team offense and defense were soundly beaten by the Atlanta Falcons in the preseason opener a week ago, but I don't take much stock in preseason openers on the road. In fact, they remind me of...
  • Ravens stumped in preseason loss against the Lions

    Ravens stumped in preseason loss against the Lions
    The Ravens' offensive focus following last week's preseason opener was on sustaining drives. They'll spend this week talking about finishing them. The first-team defense has a host of topics to discuss from generating a pass rush to providing tighter...