Jonathan Ogden took part yesterday in his first practice this preseason, but the 10-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle maintained that his status for the season opener in less than two weeks is still unclear.
Ogden, who had been sidelined throughout the offseason and preseason with turf toe, was activated off the physically-unable-to-perform list yesterday morning and participated in individual drills, but not team activities. Afterward, Ogden said he wasn't sure he would be able to play against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 10.
"It's hard to tell with a toe," he said. "I still haven't hit anybody, I haven't thrown the pads on, I just did some individual work. But it is a step forward. Hopefully, we'll see how it goes. I'll keep practicing this week, and next week I'll throw the pads on and see how it feels. Take it from there."
Although coach Brian Billick ruled Ogden out of Friday night's final preseason game, against the Atlanta Falcons, Ogden said one of his goals is practicing in pads next week.
"Yeah, if we had pads on today, I'd have been practicing in pads," he said. "It's just to get out there and do the offense-defense work, which I'm not doing right now. That's my goal, to be able to get out there next week and do that and take it from there."
While Ogden returned, the team parted ways with guard Keydrick Vincent. Vincent, who had started 21 games since joining the Ravens as a free agent from the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2005, had been hampered by injuries during his stay.
Vincent, a starter at right guard the past two seasons, was bumped from his position by Chris Chester and moved to the left side to back up guard Jason Brown. The presence of third-round draft pick Marshal Yanda, who can play guard or tackle, and Brian Rimpf also made Vincent expendable.
The release of Vincent, who did not return phone calls yesterday, saves the Ravens $1.2 million in salary cap space.
"Keydrick had a good camp for us, worked hard," Billick said. "But we've got a lot of good, young players on the inside, and we have some latitude in there."
The team also placed second-year running back P.J. Daniels on injured reserve. Daniels injured his right hamstring before the Ravens' first preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 13.
Although free safety Ed Reed (thigh bruise) was not present during the portion of practice open to the media, fellow safety Gerome Sapp said Reed took part in a few special teams drills yesterday.
If Reed cannot play against the Falcons, Sapp would likely start at free safety with Jamaine Winborne receiving extended action as well.
Cornerback Samari Rolle (sprained ankle), wide receiver Mark Clayton (sprained ankle) and rookie linebacker Antwan Barnes (ankle) also did not practice.
M. Smith impresses
Musa Smith has had a quiet preseason, but the running back displayed a flash of his ability in Saturday's weather-shortened 13-7 loss to the Washington Redskins.
Smith had 27 yards on two carries in the third quarter, converting a second-and-nine with an 11-yard gain up the middle and rumbling 16 yards off the right guard on the next play.
"The opportunity will be there," said Smith, who has caught five passes for 38 yards as a third-down back this preseason. "I think this year, they're going to use a lot more of us [the running backs] because you never know what's going to happen. I've just got to be ready and prepare like I'm the No. 1 back."