Flynn still on sideline; O. Brown set for return

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Ravens will have to wait until the final preseason game to debut their projected starting offensive line.

Center Mike Flynn is not expected to play tonight against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in Landover, three weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his knee.

Right tackle Orlando Brown, however, is expected to play for the first time since a referee's flag nearly ended his career in the 1999 season.

Brown's knee flared during the first week of training camp, causing him to miss a scrimmage and the first two preseason games.

"I'm going to get out there, establish my ground and try not to be too hyper," Brown said. "It's going to feel good to go out there and play hard."

Tonight's game also will be a homecoming. Brown grew up in the Washington area and said he was a Redskins fan as a child, but now considers himself a Redskins basher.

Brown played for the Ravens from 1996 to '98 and was involved in the first meeting between the teams.

"I played up there before and hurt like three of their linemen that year," Brown said of the Ravens' 20-17 win in 1997. "I like playing against the Redskins. It's competitive, and it's Maryland vs. D.C."

Making amends

It is redemption time for running back Dameon Hunter.

Hunter's fourth-quarter fumble in last week's 13-10 victory in Atlanta was returned for by the Falcons for their only touchdown.

He had 11 carries for 26 yards in that game, but it was his final carry with two minutes left that stands out. Hunter lost the ball at the Falcons' 33-yard line on a hit by Will Overstreet, then saw Bryan Scott race 67 yards for the score.

"You've got to let it go," Hunter said. "I made a mistake. It still dwells with me because I feel like I let my team down. The game was on me securing the ball and getting downfield the best I could, and I felt like I let the team down when I let the ball go. It's hard, but at the same time, the best players bounce back from it, and that is what I'm focusing on right now."

Volunteer program

The Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism, along with M&T; Bank and the Ravens, are sponsoring the "Honor Rows" program for each home game. A youth organization will be honored for its outstanding volunteer service and can receive up to 150 tickets. To nominate a group, call 410-767-0833 by Wednesday.

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