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The Ravens are still in search of a center to replace Matt Birk, who will be out for two weeks because of minor knee surgery.

A league source confirmed that former Redskins center Casey Rabach, who agreed to a two-year deal with the Ravens on Tuesday, failed the Ravens team physical. According to the source, Rabach failed the physical because of a shoulder he injured near the end of last season.

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Rabach had surgery on the shoulder during the off season. The source confirmed that the Ravens told Rabach he needed another two to three weeks to heal. The Ravens have begun a search for another center.

The Ravens knew Birk might have some problems late in the season, but his injury has already set the team back in training camp, which is less than one week old.

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Undrafted rookie Ryan Bartholomew (Syracuse) has been working with the first-team offense at center.

Other available free-agent centers include: Olin Kreutz (Chicago), Shaun O'Hara (N.Y. Giants), Eric Heitmann (San Francisco) and Jonathan Goodwin (New Orleans).

--Mike Preston

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