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Ravens' injured list multiplying, Flynn surgery

The Baltimore Ravens' injured list is beginning to multiply entering the sixth day of training camp.<p> Center Mike Flynn underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery Friday morning in a decision made to allow the veteran blocker plenty of time to prepare for the season-opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.<p> "I think we solved the problem," trainer Bill Tessendorf said.<p>

Meanwhile, cornerback Tom Knight has torn a ligament in his thumb and will play for the next six to eight weeks with a splint.

Return specialist Lamont Brightful hyperextended his right knee and is day-to-day.

Tight end Todd Heap has missed practice two days in a row with back spasms.

Offensive tackle Orlando Brown missed practice with a sore knee.

Cornerback Corey Fuller has a sprained foot and is day-to-day.

Defensive tackle Joe Salave'a remains out with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

Running back Musa Smith has a sprained capsule in his knee.

Ravens coach Brian Billick estimates that Flynn could return by the preseason contest against the Redskins, or the final one against the Giants. The injury wasn't serious enough to force Flynn out of the lineup, but the choice was made to address the situation now rather than have him try to play through the pain and aggravate it further.

"That's why we did what we did by being aggressive with the minor surgery," Billick said.

OFFICIAL VISIT: A crew of NFL officials visited the Ravens' camp on Friday, explaining various interpretations of the rulebook to the coaching staff and players.

For example, cornerback Chris McAlister was able to see demonstrations and hear points of emphasis on how offensive and defensive pass interference will be observed and enforced.

Essentially, the visit acts as a heads-up so the team won't be surprised by how the games are called. As always, that still doesn't mean the calls won't be disputed with controversies flaring come the regular season.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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