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Birk sidelined for about two weeks after knee scope

Ravens center Matt Birk will be out for about two weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, according to his agent Joe Linta.

This is expected to sideline the six-time Pro Bowl lineman for at least half of the preseason.

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The Ravens signed center Casey Rabach on Tuesday to improve the depth on the offensive line. With Birk out the past two days, undrafted rookie Ryan Bartholomew has been working with the first-team offense.

Birk, 35, hasn't missed a game since 2005. He has been the Ravens' starting center the past two seasons.

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This isn't the first time he's had knee issues. In order for Birk to play 18 games this past season, his swollen knee had to be drained at least once a week.

Birk had contemplated retirement in the offseason but decided to return.

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