John Harbaugh: 'Gino Gradkowski, AQ Shipley both playing really well'

Guard Gino Gradkowski of the Baltimore Ravens looks on before the start of the Ravnes game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 2, 2012
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Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh believes that there will be a "great battle" between Gino Gradkowski and AQ Shipley to be the team's starting centre.

John Harbaugh has said that the race to be the Baltimore Ravens' starting centre will be a "great battle".

The Super Bowl champions have a vacancy at centre following Matt Birk's retirement earlier this year, with Gino Gradkowski and AQ Shipley competing at the position.

The head coach told the team's website: "They're both playing really well right now. They're both very similar. They're very athletic. They're very quick.

"They're very smart centers. They've [both] gotten us in the right protection. They've gotten the run calls made correctly. So it's going to be a great battle."

Gradkowski spent his rookie season as Birk's understudy, while Shipley was acquired in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts in May.

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