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Matt Birk

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  • Ravens say they'll 'compartmentalize' to handle distractions in New Orleans

    Ravens say they'll 'compartmentalize' to handle distractions in New Orleans
    The party atmosphere of the French Quarter will beckon many this week at the Super Bowl in New Orleans. The debauchery of Bourbon Street, the famously raucous locale packed with bars and night clubs, is a potential distraction the Ravens are...
  • How the Ravens constructed their Super Bowl roster

    How the Ravens constructed their Super Bowl roster
    On Sunday, the Ravens play the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, and they will attempt to win their second Lombardi Trophy with a roster largely constructed with homegrown players raised in the Ravens Way. The vast majority of those players...
  • Super Bowl showdowns: Can Bryant McKinnie and the Ravens handle 49ers pass rusher Aldon Smith?

    Super Bowl showdowns: Can Bryant McKinnie and the Ravens handle 49ers pass rusher Aldon Smith?
    Each day this week, Baltimore Sun reporter and blogger Matt Vensel will break down a key matchup from Sunday’s Super Bowl. Today, he looks at the battle between the Ravens and 49ers pass rusher Aldon Smith. The Ravens offensive line was dented...
  • Brendon Ayanbadejo on same-sex marriage passing: 'I'm so stoked, it's like I woke up and it was Christmas'

    Brendon Ayanbadejo on same-sex marriage passing: 'I'm so stoked, it's like I woke up and it was Christmas'
    As a major advocate for allowing same-sex marriage, Ravens Pro Bowl special-teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo is overjoyed that the state of Maryland has now made it legal. Starting in January, Maryland courts can begin issuing marriage licenses to gay...
  • Source: Former Ravens center Andre Gurode tried out for the Lions

    Source: Former Ravens center Andre Gurode tried out for the Lions
    Out of work since not being retained as a free agent by the Ravens, former Pro Bowl center Andre Gurode worked out for the Detroit Lions this week, according to a league source. Gurode played a reserve role with the Ravens last season after signing a...
  • With rookie quarterback and running back, Browns following the Ravens' blueprint

    With rookie quarterback and running back, Browns following the Ravens' blueprint
    It's not often that a modest 1-yard gain in a season-opening loss holds so much significance. When Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson took his first handoff from quarterback Brandon Weeden three weeks ago, he carried the hopes of a...
  • Ravens notes: Ravens offensive line takes a step backward

    Ravens notes: Ravens offensive line takes a step backward
    The Ravens' offensive line experienced a rough night, a bout of regression that often left quarterback Joe Flacco lying on the ground. After an encouraging game against the New England Patriots where Flacco wasn't sacked and rarely hit, he sustained...
  • Most of the Ravens' starters will sit tonight versus Rams

    Most of the Ravens' starters will sit tonight versus Rams
    The Ravens won't put out an official list of inactives tonight before their preseason finale against the St. Louis Rams, but most of their starters will not play. Quarterback Joe Flacco, running back Ray Rice, center Matt Birk, linebackers Ray Lewis...
  • Coffee Companion (9/4): Who starts at left guard?

    Coffee Companion (9/4): Who starts at left guard?
    Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday....
  • Ravens need offensive line to stay together this season

    Ravens need offensive line to stay together this season
    Though his daily job responsibilities include sumo-wrestling 300-pound defensive linemen and banging facemasks with blitzing linebackers, Matt Birk side-stepped an open-ended question. Asked to evaluate how the Ravens offensive line fared last season...
  • 10 key questions for the Ravens

    10 key questions for the Ravens
    As the Ravens prepare to play their season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night at M&T Bank Stadium, here are 10 intriguing questions surrounding the team: 1 After reaching the AFC championship game in January, what can the Ravens do...
  • LaQuan Williams, Sergio Kindle inactive, Harewood, Osemele starting, Rainey released

    LaQuan Williams, Sergio Kindle inactive, Harewood, Osemele starting, Rainey released
    The Ravens have deactivated wide receiver LaQuan Williams and outside linebacker Sergio Kindle for tonight's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Williams' inactive status means that wide receivers Tandon Doss and Deonte Thompson are active. The...