Ogden received a cortisone shot an hour before the game for his sprained right ankle and played basically on one leg against veteran pass rusher Bruce Smith in the Ravens' 10-3 loss yesterday to the Washington Redskins. Though Ogden couldn't move enough to shield Smith on running plays, he held Smith without a sack for the second straight year.
"It was very sore," Ogden said. "But if I can move, then I can play."
It was more of an endurance test than a homecoming for Ogden, who grew up in Washington.
He did aggravate the injury with 3 1/2 minutes left in the first half, but sat out only two plays. During halftime, he sought trainers only to have his ankle retaped.
Ogden, though, seemed to be smarting just as much from the Ravens' third straight game without a touchdown, kicking his helmet heading into halftime. He also was frustrated that he had to direct some of his focus on blocking out the pain rather than simply concentrating on Smith, who had a team-high seven tackles mainly by taking advantage of Ogden's limited lateral movement.
"It was showing," Ogden said. "I knew I felt it. I knew I didn't play a great game. I gave everything I had though, but it wasn't enough today."