Ravens open season with clean injury report (plus Gurode comments)

The very first injury report of the season has arrived, and just four days before the Ravens' regular season opener, the team isn't listing any injuries.

Every player on the 53-man roster took part in a full practice today, so the Ravens' half of the injury report is spotless.

This bodes well for center Matt Birk, who has said he hopes to play on Sunday when the Ravens open the season against the Steelers. Birk is still working back from left knee surgery just over a month ago.

For the Steelers, reserve linebacker Chris Carter (hamstring) did not participate in today's practice. Wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring) and offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert (concussion) were limited.

Since I mentioned Birk, I wanted to pass along a few quotes from former Cowboys center Andre Gurode, who was signed to a one-year deal on Monday.

Gurode, a five-time Pro Bowler in nine seasons in Dallas, was signed to provide depth on the interior of the offensive line, and he might not be needed to contribute much if Birk stays healthy. If that ends up being the case, the 32-year-old center says that's OK by him.

"I'm a team guy," Gurode said. "It's whatever I can do for the team. Matt is a guy who has taught me a lot over the years. He was actually at my first Pro Bowl, and we have been talking back and forth over the practice schedule and things of that nature. He has helped me fit into the offense, and I am here to do whatever I can to help the team win."

After signing with the Ravens, Gurode is reunited with a former high school teammate in defensive end Cory Redding. Another Raven - rookie cornerback Chykie Brown - also attended North Shore High School in Galena Park, TX, although Brown obviously came through a few years after Gurode and Redding had moved on.

Gurode hasn't had much time to get comfortable in the Ravens' offensive scheme with today having been his first true practice with the team. If Birk has a setback of some kind and Gurode is needed to play this Sunday, however, he says he's going to make sure he's able to fill in.

"I am going to do my best to learn the offense and be ready to play on Sunday," Gurode said.

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