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  • Kelechi Osemele likely done for year, headed for back surgery

    Kelechi Osemele likely done for year, headed for back surgery
    Ravens starting left guard Kelechi Osemele is expected to have back surgery, which will likely end his season and create even more questions for a struggling offensive line. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh made the announcement on Friday, indicating...
  • Gradkowski brothers' parents will be 'cheering for both' in Ravens-Steelers game

    Gradkowski brothers' parents will be 'cheering for both' in Ravens-Steelers game
    In Dormont, a quiet neighborhood across the Monongahela River and over Mount Washington from Heinz Field, a nondescript family home is smack dab in the middle of the NFL's hardest-hitting rivalry. Walk inside the house and you would find family photo...
  • Mixed bag for Gino Gradkowski in his first NFL start

    Mixed bag for Gino Gradkowski in his first NFL start
    Last Thursday, for the first time since the 2008 season, someone not named Matt Birk started for the Ravens at center. Gino Gradkowski, a second-year player out of small-school Delaware, made his first NFL start there. To the novice eye -- this writer...
  • Ravens' Gino Gradkowski to appeal $7,800 fine for unnecessary roughness, source says

    Ravens' Gino Gradkowski to appeal $7,800 fine for unnecessary roughness, source says
    Ravens starting center Gino Gradkowski has been fined $7,800 by the NFL league office for unnecessary roughness, according to a league source. Gradkowski was penalized in the third quarter of the Ravens' 49-27 loss Thursday night to the Denver Broncos...
  • Ravens offense is relying on a little patience

    Ravens offense is relying on a little patience
    During the Ravens' victorious Super Bowl run last season, their offense emerged as a formidable weapon capable of rapidly piling up points and yards. It's a different story altogether this season as an offense in transition has degenerated into a...
  • Ravens center Gino Gradkowski determined to improve

    Ravens center Gino Gradkowski determined to improve
    The Ravens knew that Gino Gradkowski would experience some growing pains as the replacement for six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk after his retirement. And Gradkowski is still learning on the job four games into his second NFL season. Gradkowski...
  • Ravens Q&A with Mike Preston

    Ravens Q&A with Mike Preston
    Each week, Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston will answer questions from readers about the Ravens. You can submit questions during every game to sports@baltimoresun.com. Here are this week's questions and answers: What is up with the run game? It...
  • Former Ravens center Matt Birk drops 75 pounds, aims to be fitness cover model

    Former Ravens center Matt Birk drops 75 pounds, aims to be fitness cover model
    In addition to keeping up with his six kids and working for the NFL as an appeals officer on player discipline, Matt Birk has apparently become even more of a fitness nut in retirement than he was as a player. After getting up to as much as 310 pounds...
  • Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco audibly gaining authority

    Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco audibly gaining authority
    In one of the biggest moments of his NFL career, Joe Flacco started counting. There were six San Francisco 49ers defenders breathing on the Ravens offensive line. All-Pro pass rusher Aldon Smith walked in from the slot to join them. The strong safety,...
  • Gradkowski, Ihedigbo named starters by Harbaugh

    Gradkowski, Ihedigbo named starters by Harbaugh
    Gino Gradkowski has been named the Ravens starting center, according to coach John Harbaugh. Gradkowski was competing with A.Q. Shipley, a former Indianapolis Colts starter, for the job. Gradkowski was groomed last season as the successor to six-time...
  • Gradkowski, Ihedigbo determined to prove themselves as starters, Shipley, Elam staying ready

    Gradkowski, Ihedigbo determined to prove themselves as starters, Shipley, Elam staying ready
    Now that Gino Gradkowski has been named the Ravens' starting center as the successor to retired six-time Pro Bowl selection Matt Birk, he says the work is just beginning. The Ravens open the NFL season Thursday hight against the Denver Broncos. "It'...
  • More tough roster choices in 2014

    More tough roster choices in 2014
    The mass exodus from the Ravens roster after their Super Bowl victory was triggered by familiar culprits. The age of key veterans and a lack of salary cap space forced the Ravens into bargain-hunting mode as they overhauled a championship squad. A...