Several Ravens on the shelf

BALTIMORE - None of the Baltimore Ravens' injuries appears particularly daunting, but the list of players populating the trainers' room is beginning to grow.<p> From the offense, center Mike Flynn is out for the next two to four weeks after undergoing successful arthroscopic surgery on his knee Friday.<p> Tight end Todd Heap is feeling better after missing the last three days after experiencing back spasms for the first time.

Return specialist Lamont Brightful remains out with a hyperextended right knee, but could return as early as next week.

Offensive tackle Orlando Brown is expected to return by the middle of next week after straining a muscle just above his knee.

Rookie running back Musa Smith is improving although he has swelling after spraining a capsule in his knee. It hinders his ability to cut.

Defensively, cornerback Tom Knight is playing through a torn ligament in his thumb. Trainer Bill Tessendorf said the club will attempt to fashion something better than the splint Knight is currently wearing as the injury heals for the next six to eight weeks.

Inside linebacker Bernardo Harris missed the mock game with a sprained foot as did cornerback Corey Fuller with a similar injury. Harris said he expects to return by Monday.

Defensive lineman Joe Salave'a, who sprained his medial collateral ligament in his left knee during the first day of practice, has been running better each day.

As for whether Brown would return by next week, Tessendorf said: "My crystal ball is a little hazy right now."

PRAISING YOUNG PLAYERS: Offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh said receivers Randy Hymes and Chisom Opara have impressed him with their work through one week of training camp.

"They're giving us a good look," Cavanaugh said. "Randy has a lot of talent. He needs to be more consistent catching the football."

QUICK HITS: Linebacker Ray Lewis signed more than 200 autographs for selected youngsters. … The Ravens said there are exactly 1,000 tickets available for next Saturday's preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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