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Thu, 28 Feb 2013 16:06:17 -0800
The Baltimore Ravens have placed C Matt Birk and LB Ray Lewis on the Reserve/Retired list.
Fri, 22 Feb 2013 05:15:57 -0800
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk has retired. He played 15 seasons in the league and was a six-time Pro Bowler. His retirement saves the Ravens $2.05 million against the salary cap.
Sun, 17 Feb 2013 20:20:46 -0800
The Baltimore Ravens need to create space under the salary cap, and more can be created if C Matt Birk, who is set to earn $2.75 million), elects to retire or is released.
Tue, 05 Feb 2013 10:20:04 -0800
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk has yet to decide if he will retire this offseason.
Sat, 02 Feb 2013 10:55:55 -0800
The Baltimore Ravens would gain $2.05 million in salary cap space if C Matt Birk retires or is released this offseason.
Fri, 01 Feb 2013 08:37:30 -0800
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk said he's willing to donate his brain post-mortem for research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Sun, 27 Jan 2013 19:09:42 -0800
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk has not decided whether or not he'll retire after Super Bowl XLVII against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Feb. 3. He said all of his attention is focused on the big game. "I don't think like that, you know," Birk said. "I'm just trying to live in the moment. That's just kind of my mindset. I don't think about the future, if this could be it. It drives my wife nuts, but that's not how I operate." Birk is under contract through the 2014 season.
Sun, 21 Oct 2012 18:21:02 -0700
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco completed just 21 of his 43 pass attempts for 147 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the Week 7 loss against the Houston Texans. He also carried twice for seven yards, and he fumbled once, although that one was recovered by C Matt Birk.
Sun, 14 Oct 2012 17:42:13 -0700
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk played in his 200th career game in Week 6 against the Dallas Cowboys.
Fri, 14 Sep 2012 11:09:26 -0700
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk (thigh) and S Ed Reed (thigh) both fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 14, and are probable for the team's Week 2 game.
Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:09:41 -0700
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk (thigh) and S Ed Reed (thigh) were limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 13.
Thu, 13 Sep 2012 12:05:01 -0700
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk (thigh) is participating in practice Thursday, Sept. 13, and expects to play Week 2.
Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:58:41 -0700
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk (thigh), LB Paul Kruger (back), OT Jah Reid (leg) and DE Pernell McPhee (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 12.
Sat, 01 Sep 2012 06:54:37 -0700
The Baltimore Ravens are third in terms of having the oldest starters in the NFL. They have the oldest starting offense in the NFL, with an average age of 28.7 years old. Baltimore starts five players on offense who are 30 years or older: FB Vonta Leach (30), OT Bryant McKinnie (32), C Matt Birk (36), OG Bobbie Williams (35) and WR Anquan Boldin (31).
Sat, 04 Aug 2012 19:23:34 -0700
Baltimore Ravens C Gino Gradkowski is listed as the backup to C Matt Birk (back), and he might start in the preseason opener Thursday, Aug. 9, against the Atlanta Falcons. OLs Tony Wragge and Justin Boren might also see time at center in the game.
Sat, 04 Aug 2012 19:22:30 -0700
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk (back) missed his fifth straight practice Saturday, Aug. 4, and head coach John Harbaugh essentially ruled him out for the preseason opener Aug. 9 against the Atlanta Falcons.
Fri, 03 Aug 2012 22:26:28 -0700
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk (back) missed his fifth consecutive day of practice Friday, Aug. 3, due to back spasms. "I'm going to probably slow him down a little bit more," head coach John Harbaugh said. "We'll probably get him back next week after the game."
Tue, 24 Jul 2012 20:38:26 -0700
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk (legs) said Tuesday, July 24, that he feels optimistic that his legs won't be a hindrance for him during the upcoming season. Birk had surgery to repair varicose veins in his legs during the offseason. Birk was among a limited group of players to practice Tuesday.
Mon, 09 Jul 2012 07:32:01 -0700
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk said QB Joe Flacco does not receive the benefit of the doubt from fans and media. "Certain guys don't get the benefit of the doubt," Birk said. "He's shown in big spots that he's come through most of the time and he can play. Our gameplan isn't designed to have Joe Flacco throw 450 yards a every game to help us win. That's not our style of football. I guess that's not the cool, hip way to play football in the NFL these days."
Sat, 07 Jul 2012 07:09:44 -0700
The Baltimore Ravens could enter the upcoming season with one of the NFL's oldest offensive lines. OT Bryant McKinnie turns 33 in September; OG Bobbie Williams turns 36 in September; C Matt Birk will turn 36 in July; OG Marshal Yanda turns 28 in September; OT Michael Oher is 26, giving the team a combined age of 159.
Wed, 13 Jun 2012 05:19:16 -0700
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk (legs) was held out of minicamp practice Tuesday, June 12. Birk had surgery to have varicose veins fixed in his legs, something that has been on his plans since the end of last season.
Tue, 20 Mar 2012 19:21:05 -0700
The three-year contract for Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk is worth $8.52 million and includes a $2.1 million signing bonus, according to a league source. He is due base salaries of $925,000 in 2012, $2.75 million in 2013, and $2.75 million in 2014. His salary-cap figures are $1.625 million, $3.45 million and $3.45 million.
Fri, 16 Mar 2012 13:11:20 -0700
The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to terms with free-agent C Matt Birk (Ravens) on a three-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Fri, 16 Mar 2012 11:44:18 -0700
The Baltimore Ravens are close to re-signing free-agent C Matt Birk.
Fri, 16 Mar 2012 10:58:29 -0700
Free-agent C Matt Birk's (Ravens) agent, Joe Linta, met with the Baltimore Ravens and said the two sides had a good talk. Linta noted they are fielding calls from other teams, but Birk would love to remain with the Ravens. "We won't look elsewhere unless we can't make it work with the Ravens," Linta said.
Tue, 13 Mar 2012 12:18:24 -0700
The Baltimore Ravens will meet with free-agent C Matt Birk's agent, Joe Linta, later this week to discuss a new contract for him.
Sat, 03 Mar 2012 08:18:05 -0800
The Baltimore Ravens likely will look to add a more physical center this offseason even if they re-sign impending free-agent C Matt Birk.
Fri, 02 Mar 2012 23:01:18 -0800
The Baltimore Ravens offensive line could take some major hits during the offseason as free-agents G Ben Grubbs and C Matt Birk could both depart on the free-agent market. Head coach John Harbaugh would like both Grubbs and Birk to return in 2012, which could allow the entire Baltimore offensive line to remain intact from last year.
Sat, 25 Feb 2012 19:30:20 -0800
The agent for Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk said Saturday, Feb. 25, that his client intends to continue his NFL career in 2012. Birk contemplated retirement, but has now decided to return.
Thu, 23 Feb 2012 06:53:35 -0800
The Baltimore Ravens are expected to address their offensive line in the NFL Draft. The Ravens could lose impending free-agent C Matt Birk to retirement and there's a strong possibility they'll lose impending free-agent OG Ben Grubbs via free agency.
Mon, 20 Feb 2012 11:29:51 -0800
The Baltimore Ravens may not be interested in re-signing impending free-agent C Matt Birk if he decides he wants to play next season.
Sat, 04 Feb 2012 17:41:22 -0800
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award Saturday, Feb. 4. "I am honored and truly humbled to be named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year," Birk said. "This award is not about the recipient, but rather a celebration of the decades-long tradition of NFL players using their unique platform to touch lives and make a positive and lasting impact in the communities in which they work and live."
Fri, 03 Feb 2012 14:42:42 -0800
Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent C Matt Birk said he will take around two weeks to determine whether he will continue his playing career or decide to retire. He said he would like to re-sign with Ravens if he decides to continue playing.
Sun, 15 Jan 2012 18:56:31 -0800
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk refuted a report that he would retire after the season. "I don't know. It could be 100 percent true or it could be zero percent true, and there's probably no in-between," Birk said. "No, I haven't made that decision yet, and I don't know Charlie Casserly. I mean, I know who he is, but he didn't talk to me, and that's all I can say." Casserly reported the Birk retirement story earlier in the day.
Sun, 15 Jan 2012 10:38:36 -0800
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk is expected to retire after the season.
Fri, 09 Dec 2011 13:02:27 -0800
Baltimore Ravens RB Anthony Allen (thigh), C Matt Birk (shoulder), OG Ben Grubbs (toe) and CB Jimmy Smith (thigh) are listed as probable for Week 14. Birk and Smith were limited during practice Friday, Dec. 9, while Allen and Grubbs fully participated in practice.
Thu, 08 Dec 2011 14:39:24 -0800
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk (shoulder), CB Chris Carr (back), PK Billy Cundiff (calf) and LB Ray Lewis (foot) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 8.
Wed, 07 Dec 2011 14:32:06 -0800
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk (shoulder), OG Ben Grubbs (toe), LB Ray Lewis (foot) and CB Chris Carr (back) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 7.
Mon, 05 Dec 2011 18:37:36 -0800
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk (shoulder) left the Week 13 game briefly due to a sprained right shoulder, although he able to return after a brief stay on the sidelines. "It will be all right," Birk said Monday, Dec. 5. "Luckily, I don't have too many muscles. It's not that serious."
Sun, 04 Dec 2011 17:50:36 -0800
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk (shoulder) left the Week 13 game against the Cleveland Browns due to a shoulder injury, but he was able to return later. That was the only new injury reported by the team.
Fri, 11 Nov 2011 13:59:29 -0800
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk (neck), S Ed Reed (shoulder), LB Terrell Suggs (knee) and TE Kris Wilson (calf) practiced in full Friday, Nov. 11, and are probable for Week 10.
Thu, 10 Nov 2011 16:04:30 -0800
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk (neck) practiced in full Thursday, Nov. 10.
Wed, 09 Nov 2011 16:24:51 -0800
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk (neck) was unable to practice Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Fri, 04 Nov 2011 12:35:23 -0700
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk (neck), CB Danny Gorrer (thigh) and DL Haloti Ngata (thigh) practiced in full Friday, Nov. 4, and are listed as probable for Week 9.
Thu, 03 Nov 2011 13:33:27 -0700
Baltimore Ravens RB Anthony Allen (thigh), C Matt Birk (neck), CB Chykie Brown (knee), CB Danny Gorrer (thigh), OG Ben Grubbs (toe) and WR David Reed (knee) were limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 3.
Wed, 02 Nov 2011 13:52:42 -0700
Baltimore Ravens RB Anthony Allen (thigh), C Matt Birk (neck), OG Ben Grubbs (toe) and CB Danny Gorrer (thigh) were limited during practice Wednesday, Nov. 2.
Fri, 30 Sep 2011 11:55:24 -0700
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk (knee) and DL Cory Redding (toe) practiced in full Friday, Sept. 30, and are probable for Week 4.
Thu, 29 Sep 2011 13:41:58 -0700
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk (knee) and DL Cory Redding (toe) practiced in full Thursday, Sept. 29.
Wed, 28 Sep 2011 13:27:57 -0700
Baltimore Ravens WR David Reed (shoulder), C Matt Birk (knee), OG Ben Grubbs (toe), DE Cory Redding (toe), LB Dannell Ellerbe (thigh), CB Jimmy Smith (ankle) and SS Haruki Nakamura (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 28.
Fri, 23 Sep 2011 11:57:02 -0700
Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 23, and is listed as probable for Week 3.