The Ravens' offensive line appears to be getting back to full strength.
Right guard Keydrick Vincent returned to practice for the first time in eight days since aggravating a strained groin, and left offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden made an appearance on the practice field for the first time since spraining his left big toe nearly three weeks ago.
Although Ogden worked out with trainer Bill Tessendorf while the rest of the team participated in drills during the portion of practice open to media yesterday, coach Brian Billick sounded pleased that the team's 10-time Pro Bowl selection was back.
"Worked through it today," Billick said of Ogden. "We didn't want to put him in team drills, but Bill worked him pretty well. So we'll see how he progresses."
Ogden missed the final two regular-season games after suffering what he called "turf toe" in the Ravens' 27-17 win against the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 17. Adam Terry has played well in his place, but Ogden had said previously that he would be ready for the postseason.
"I'm getting better," Ogden said before shooing reporters away from his locker.
Vincent sat out four games - a three-week stretch from weeks 10 through 12 and the regular-season finale against the Buffalo Bills - with a strained groin, but appeared to practice fully yesterday.
"I feel good," Vincent said. "I got to practice today. Everything feels good. I've got to build from that and be ready to go."
Nickel back Corey Ivy was absent to deal with what Billick called "a family emergency."
Tears aren't a usual display for defensive end Trevor Pryce. But when he spoke at a private memorial service for Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams at the team's headquarters Wednesday, Pryce couldn't help himself.
"I hadn't cried in about 10 years, but I cried a lot that night," said Pryce, who spent the first nine seasons of his 10-year career in Denver and was a teammate of Williams' in 2005. "And I only spoke for two minutes."
Williams was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting Monday morning, several hours after the San Francisco 49ers had ended the Broncos' season.
Pryce said Williams' death put the Broncos' finish into perspective.
"It just shows how insignificant things can be," Pryce said. "In Denver, they just lost that game and they weren't going to the playoffs and the whole city was up in arms. And all that went away the next day. ... Sometimes you need that to realize winning and losing football games is not life or death. You deal with it and you mourn. You ask questions why, but you never have the answer. As long as justice is served, you can remember him for what he was."
No harm, no foul for Billick
Billick did not seem peeved that he did not get a single vote for Associated Press Coach of the Year.
The New Orleans Saints' Sean Payton won the award with 44 votes. The New York Jets' Eric Mangini was second (three votes), followed by the San Diego Chargers' Marty Schottenheimer (two) and the Tennessee Titans' Jeff Fisher (one).
"Hell, I didn't vote for me. I don't know why anybody else would," Billick said. "There were a lot of great stories out there - the job that Sean Payton did and obviously Eric Mangini and a job like Marty Schottenheimer did. ... There are a lot of guys there who are far more deserving than I was."
At least one player, however, saw Billick's absence as further evidence of a lack of respect for the Ravens.
"Everybody's looked away from Baltimore the whole year," linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "We got a couple of guys snubbed from the Pro Bowl, but that doesn't surprise us. But we all know what the ultimate payoff is. That's just what we're striving for."