Birk returns to practice, Cundiff still absent on Friday

December 09, 2011 | Luke Jones

(Updated: 1:25 p.m.)

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — There was good news and bad news coming from the Ravens’ final workout in preparation for the Indianapolis Colts this weekend.

Starting center Matt Birk (shoulder) returned to practice after missing the previous two days, but Billy Cundiff (left calf) was absent from the portion of practice open to the media. The Ravens kicker practiced fully on Wednesday but was a surprise addition as a non-participant on Thursday’s injury report.

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Speculation will now begin whether the Ravens will elect to sign another kicker for Sunday’s game with Cundiff’s injury being a mystery. While the injury is not to his kicking leg, a calf issue would unquestionably have an impact on his ability to plant for field goal attempts.

Veteran free-agent kickers include Shayne Graham, Kris Brown, Shane Andrus, Joe Nedney, and Shayne Graham. Graham and Cundiff competed for the kicking job during last season’s training camp. The 34-year-old was most recently with the Miami Dolphins, filling in for the injured Dan Carpenter.

Linebacker Ray Lewis (toe) and cornerback Chris Carr (back) were also absent from Friday’s practice. Neither is expected to play against the Colts.

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