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  • 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...
  • Rough night for A.Q. Shipley as center competition continues

    Rough night for A.Q. Shipley as center competition continues
    It was a fairly rough night for Ravens center A.Q. Shipley. During the Ravens' 27-23 preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons, Shipley got the start ahead of Gino Gradkowski in a competition that's expected to conclude following the third preseason game....
  • Joe Flacco buys house from former Ravens center Matt Birk

    Joe Flacco buys house from former Ravens center Matt Birk
    For four years, six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk snapped the football to Ravens star quarterback Joe Flacco. Since Birk retired in February, the veteran lineman has passed another valuable commodity onto Flacco with the sale of his Baltimore County...
  • 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...
  • Ravens veteran voices expected to fill the void left by Ray Lewis and Ed Reed

    Ravens veteran voices expected to fill the void left by Ray Lewis and Ed Reed
    Terrell Davis remembers the feeling after tight end Shannon Sharpe left the Denver Broncos and joined the Ravens before the 2000 season. He vividly recalls the uncomfortable silence in the huddle and on the sideline, the blank looks exchanged between...
  • After reaching NFL's mountaintop, what's next for Ravens QB Joe Flacco?

    After reaching NFL's mountaintop, what's next for Ravens QB Joe Flacco?
    This time a year ago, Joe Flacco was still viewed as a quarterback who couldn't get his team to the Super Bowl. He was still playing for a big contract after betting on himself by declining the Ravens' initial offers. He was still waiting for the Ravens...
  • 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...