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The Ravens got a break because quarterback Kyle Boller doesn't need surgery on his right throwing shoulder, and could return this season. The problem is that if the Ravens don't get better offensive linemen soon, they could be shuffling quarterbacks all season.

Regardless of whether the Ravens' quarterback is Boller, Troy Smith or rookie Joe Flacco, none of them will be able to continue to take the pounding they've received in the preseason for 16 games.

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Hopefully, both offensive tackles Jared Gaither and Adam Terry will develop, but if they don't, the Ravens might as well keep a permanent residence at Union Memorial.

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Just as Brian Billick's fate was tied to Boller, so will general manager Ozzie Newsome's fate be tied to Flacco. This is the one position where the Ravens have failed to find a quality performer in the draft, and it really shows in the AFC, which is more of a quarterback-driven conference than the NFC.

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It was a great pickup by the Ravens to sign defensive end Marques Douglas. Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan has always liked Douglas, but it's interesting that Tampa Bay gave up on him quickly. Word is that Douglas doesn't like to come to training camp in shape. That might change now that he is back in Baltimore with some of his old buddies.

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Word has it that the Ravens will pick up a quarterback off the waiver wire for tomorrow night's final preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons.

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