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Ten-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden spent his second straight day off the field during the team's mandatory minicamp for all players today.

Ogden, who hyperextended the big toe on his left foot against the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 17 and was sidelined for the final two games of the regular season a year ago, said the toe is healing, but the recovery process has been slow. He said he decided against surgery during the offseason after discussing his options with Dr. Robert Anderson, a foot and ankle specialist in North Carolina and team orthopedist for the Carolina Panthers.

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"He kind of just recommended that the tendon was still attached to the bone, so surgery wasn't necessary," Ogden said. "He said it's going to be four to six months for it to really get better."

Ravens coach Brian Billick said the organization was aware of Ogden's health status.

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"We had no anticipation of him being ready for OTAs [Organized Team Activities]," Billick said. "Just being around here, we appreciate that Jonathan's here, but our expectations were for him not to be ready to go until training camp, and we may very well adjust that first week of training camp to make sure that we've got a firm footing underneath him."

Linebackers Mike Smith (shoulder), Dan Cody (knee) and Dennis Haley (unspecified) and cornerback David Pittman (hamstring) also missed today's practice.

(A note of apology: Yesterday, I wrote that running back Mike Anderson practiced for the first time at a Ravens minicamp. Not true. Anderson had been at a minicamp two weeks ago. My apologies to Anderson and thanks to public relations assistant Patrick Gleason for pointing out my error.)

One player who did return to the field was wide receiver Mark Clayton, who missed yesterday's session. Without getting into the specific reason for his absence, Clayton told a group of reporters that it was related to a family matter.

Finally, cornerback Ronnie Prude had the kind of day few would relish. During one-on-one drills, the second-year corner matched up against, in order, wide receivers Mark Clayton, Demetrius Williams and Derrick Mason. All three hauled in receptions, including a perfectly thrown bomb from quarterback Steve McNair to Clayton in the end zone, but Prude refused to hang his head afterward.

"Going against those guys will make me better in the long run," he said. "I've got that competitive side in me, so it really doesn't matter who's out there. I'm going to go out there and try to cover them the best way that I can."

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