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The state of the offensive line was the major topic of Brian Billick's news conference today.

Without disclosing the severity of the injuries to center Mike Flynn (right knee) and left tackle Adam Terry (left ankle), Billick conceded that Terry's injury is the most pressing concern and could force him to the bench for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams.

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While expressing confidence in a potential starting group of left tackle Jared Gaither, left guard Jason Brown, center Chris Chester, right guard Ben Grubbs and right tackle Marshal Yanda, Billick hinted that 10-time Pro Bowler Jonathan Ogden could return for the first time since spraining his left foot in the season opener. The coach also said the team could make a roster move, which could signal the promotion of tackle Mike Kracalik from the practice squad. "We'll fill in where we can," Billick said.

Other notes:

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• Billick disputed the notion that quarterback Steve McNair is still bothered by his groin injury. Billick pointed out that McNair ran more waggle plays than he had since injuring the groin in the season opener and did not tweak the groin in Sunday's win against the San Francisco 49ers. Billick also dismissed questions about McNair's arm strength. "Took a couple shots down the field, but didn't get them," Billick said. "But we did take a couple shots."

• Billick seemed optimistic that tight end Todd Heap could return for the game against the Rams, which would help the team's passing attack. Defenses are "not going to look at Quinn Sypniewski the way they look at Todd Heap," Billick said. In related news, guard/center Chester was the backup tight end to Sypniewski until Chester, who played tight end at the University of Oklahoma, replaced Flynn at center.

• Billick dove into the "a win is a win" pool head-first, saying that if the Ravens needed to score just nine points in two more West Coast trips to San Diego and Seattle, he would take the offer.

• Quote of the conference: "This is the absolute biggest challenge we've had to undertake." -- Billick putting on his best Lou Holtz impression when asked about facing the 0-5 Rams.

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