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Birk on Track for Week One

Baltimore Ravens Center Matt Birk feels that he’s on target to play in the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 11th.

Birk is recovering from knee surgery and has practiced the last two days with no issue. Birk is still uncertain if he will take the field this Thursday in the Ravens pre-season finale against the Atlanta Falcons.

He had these comments about his return to practice.

“It feels pretty good, just starting slow and letting it build up and doing a little bit more every day and seeing how it responds,” Birk said. “I just keep doing more every day. It’s responded well. I probably won’t know until well into the season, but that’s okay.

“Right now, it’s feeling good. I’m getting some work and getting back to football activity. So far, so good. We’ll go treat it and hopefully I’ll do a little bit more.”

Birk was also excited about playing once again with his old Viking teammate Bryant McKinnie.

“It’s good to see Bryant,” Birk said. “It’s funny how this thing works out. You never know what’s going to happen. Certainly, I was excited when I heard we signed him because I played with him for a long time and he’s a hell of a player.”

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