Jonathan Ogden made his first appearance at Ravens training camp at McDaniel College yesterday. Naturally, football was not the first thing on the offensive tackle's mind.
Ogden's father, Shirrel, died last Wednesday, and his funeral is set for Friday. The team has canceled Friday's afternoon practice sessions to allow players to attend the funeral. (The "young players" - as noted in the team's news release - will participate in a one-hour walkthrough that afternoon.).
Ogden, a nine-time Pro Bowl player, has been excused from the first four days of training camp to help make arrangements for the funeral. Second-year pro Adam Terry has been getting most of the reps at left tackle with the first unit.
Ogden, who visited camp with his brother Marques and son Jayden, said he is not terribly anxious to return to the football field.
"Football's on my mind and helps me get away, but I'm not really too concerned" about it, Ogden said after the morning practice. "I just came out here so that I can see the guys and just kind of try something different. Get a different look at stuff and get my mind off of it for a minute."
As for his return, Ogden said he could be back as early as Monday.
"We've got the funeral Friday, so hopefully, I'll be ready to come back on Monday and do some stuff," he said. "We're just going to see."
Coach Brian Billick said the team will continue to wait patiently for Ogden's return.
"We're going to help Jonathan in all we can to deal with this difficult time," he said. "It's good to have him out."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun