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Matt Birk

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  • Ravens RB Ray Rice practices Wednesday, plans to play Sunday

    Ravens RB Ray Rice practices Wednesday, plans to play Sunday
    Ravens star running back Ray Rice practiced Wednesday on a limited basis and said he plans to play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, mapping out his return after missing one game with a strained left hip flexor. Although Rice was regarded as close to...
  • Torrey Smith, Vonta Leach dismissive of Ray Lewis' criticism of Ravens' leadership

    Torrey Smith, Vonta Leach dismissive of Ray Lewis' criticism of Ravens' leadership
    Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith doesn’t see the leadership void that retired linebacker Ray Lewis said exists now that he and safety Ed Reed are no longer on the team. Now an ESPN analyst, Lewis questioned the Ravens' leadership for the second...
  • Rebuilding the Ravens' offensive line is an exercise in patience

    Rebuilding the Ravens' offensive line is an exercise in patience
    When Joe Flacco takes his first snap Sunday, he will line up behind a left tackle who 10 weeks ago was toiling away in Jacksonville, a left guard who has already made as many stops as an Amtrak train, and a center who two years ago was blocking small-...
  • Ravens and Patriots back on collision course in high-stakes rivalry

    Ravens and Patriots back on collision course in high-stakes rivalry
    The Ravens and New England Patriots have been on a collision course since January, when the Ravens got revenge against their AFC rivals en route to the Super Bowl. The two teams might not have circled today on their calendars when the NFL released its...
  • Ravens centers Gradkowski and Shipley engaged in 'a great battle'

    Ravens centers Gradkowski and Shipley engaged in 'a great battle'
    Early last year, an unknown 412 number popped up on the screen of A.Q. Shipley's cell phone. On the line was a fellow Pittsburgh native with the accent to prove it and an offensive lineman who was gearing up for the 2012 NFL draft. Shipley, who was...
  • Former Raven Matt Birk approved as NFL appeals officer

    Former Raven Matt Birk approved as NFL appeals officer
    Retired Ravens center Matt Birk is joining the NFL as an appeals officer on player discipline, replacing former NFL coach Art Shell. Birk confirmed the appointment in a text message to The Baltimore Sun. A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Birk retired...
  • Ravens training camp highlights: Aug. 6

    Ravens training camp highlights: Aug. 6
    SETTING THE SCENE: Tuesday's outdoor practice started at 2:30 p.m. and ended at 4:35 p.m. Temperatures were in the high 60s and a light mist dampened the practice fields. With the preseason opener looming Thursday night, players were in shells for the...
  • Jeff Saturday weighs in on Ravens' center competition

    Jeff Saturday weighs in on Ravens' center competition
    For 14 NFL seasons, Jeff Saturday was a mainstay at center with his undersized, stocky presence. His intelligence, technique and quickness were the hallmarks of his play. Saturday established himself as a leader of the Indianapolis Colts' offensive...
  • A.Q. Shipley starting Thursday as Ravens' center competition continues

    A.Q. Shipley starting Thursday as Ravens' center competition continues
    Veteran offensive lineman A.Q. Shipley will start Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons, marking the latest development in the Ravens' ongoing center competition. Although Gino Gradkowski started the preseason opener against the Tampa Bay...
  • Ravens center Gino Gradkowski still growing into Matt Birk's 'big shoes'

    Ravens center Gino Gradkowski still growing into Matt Birk's 'big shoes'
    The continuing education of Ravens center Gino Gradkowski has involved everything from grappling with massive Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to making critical, last-second line calls to adjusting blocking assignments. Ever since six-...
  • 2013 a bust but Ravens aren't going anywhere, offensive line needs an overhaul and more from Sunday's loss

    2013 a bust but Ravens aren't going anywhere, offensive line needs an overhaul and more from Sunday's loss
    For half a decade, the Ravens spoiled their faithful fans. With Joe Flacco under center and John Harbaugh wearing the head coach’s headset, the Ravens went to the playoffs five years in a row, the only team to accomplish that feat over that span....
  • Seven tidbits and takeaways from John Harbaugh's season-ending press conference

    Seven tidbits and takeaways from John Harbaugh's season-ending press conference
    John Harbaugh met with the Baltimore media on Tuesday morning to talk about his first non-winning season as the Ravens’ head coach and where his team will go from here. The franchise will hold its annual “State of the Ravens” presser...