Ogden's status has line on hold

The Baltimore Sun

The Ravens' biggest player -- literally and figuratively -- is also their biggest injury concern.

Ten-time Pro Bowl pick Jonathan Ogden, listed at 6 feet 9 and 345 pounds, is still a question mark for the Ravens' season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night.

Ogden, who has been sidelined the entire preseason by a hyperextended toe on his left foot, took part in individual drills yesterday. At one point, he lined up next to left guard Jason Brown, and the pair attacked reserves Ikechuku Ndukwe and Mike Kracalik during a blocking drill.

After practice, Ogden wasn't in a talkative mood, telling the reporters huddled around his locker, "I don't know yet. I've got to get some pads on first."

If Ogden can't play, the team could use the alignment it used in the preseason finale against the Atlanta Falcons on Friday, with Adam Terry at left tackle and rookie Marshall Yanda at right tackle.

Coach Brian Billick said he would know later in the week whether Ogden would be available.

"The key is J.O.," Billick said. "If J.O. can go, I know exactly what it looks like. If he can't go, I know exactly what it looks like. So we'll adjust it to where he's at."

Three starters who didn't play against the Falcons -- free safety Ed Reed (bruised thigh), cornerback Samari Rolle (sprained ankle) and wide receiver Mark Clayton (sprained ankle) -- appeared to practice at full speed. Of the three, Clayton was the only one who had been taped up.

Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata's bruised left knee was wrapped and taped, and rookie guard Ben Grubbs' right knee was wrapped. Quarterback Kyle Boller, who injured his right knee against the Falcons, bounced around without his knee taped or wrapped.

Finally, tight end Daniel Wilcox (sprained ankle) took part in a few individual drills without his helmet before jogging off the field with trainer Bill Tessendorf.

Game plan on hold

The Ravens have not begun their game plan for the Bengals just yet. Billick said yesterday and today would be devoted to gearing up for Thursday, which will be the first day that the coaches install their game plan.

"If you start too early, it gets stale," Billick said. "So we're not starting on Cincinnati ... until Thursday. Certainly some of the things we are doing will apply, but right now they're working to get back into a rhythm so that we can go in earnest on Thursday."

Rubbing in an upset

When Ravens rookie linebacker Prescott Burgess got to his stall in the locker room Saturday afternoon, Wilcox's jersey was waiting for him. Prescott, who played at Michigan, knew what it meant since Wilcox had played at Appalachian State.

The news of the 34-32 loss by the No. 5 Wolverines to the two-time Division I-AA national champions, one of the biggest upsets in college football history, had made its way to Owings Mills.

"I had to show him [Burgess] some love," Wilcox said yesterday after practice.

Wilcox still has ties to the school. Last spring he went back to Boone, N.C., to introduce Mountaineers coach Jerry Moore at the ceremony where the team received its national championship rings.

While he was at Appalachian State, his teams nearly won at Auburn and beat Wake Forest. This year's team finished what Wilcox's teams had started.

"I was proud of them boys," Wilcox said.

Burgess wasn't taking Michigan's loss personally.

"What happened this weekend, I ain't there no more," Burgess said yesterday. "They didn't play like a Michigan team on Saturday. They've got to get better. They didn't play up to their capabilities. Somebody had to win. You've got to come ready to play every game."

The news of Michigan's shocking defeat was offset by the fact that Burgess made the Ravens' regular-season roster.

"It's a great feeling, but you've still got to work," Burgess said. "It's not mandatory that you'll be here. I've got to go out there and work every day, every week."

Martin enjoys his hits

Derrick Martin is proving to be quite adept at distributing hits.

The 5-10, 202-pound cornerback opened a few eyes Friday night when he drilled Falcons wide receiver Vincent Marshall along the left sideline in the second quarter. Although an official threw a flag after an extended pause, no penalty was assessed.

"I like to hit," said Martin, who also made a solid open-field tackle of Falcons punt returner Otis Amey after he had gained 13 yards on a return. "When I was little, I really didn't like to, but my high school coach made me hit, and it's something that just kept with me."

Et cetera

Tight end Kendrick Ballantyne became the eighth and final player signed to the Ravens' practice squad. ... A couple of players wore new numbers yesterday. Rookie quarterback Troy Smith shed his No. 11 jersey for No. 10, which was worn by Drew Olson. And undrafted rookie Edgar Jones ditched No. 64 for No. 91.


Sun reporter Don Markus contributed to this article.

NFL Week 1 schedule


New Orleans at Indianapolis (-6), 8:30 p.m., chs. 11, 4


Philadelphia (-3) at Green Bay, 1 p.m., Ch. 45 Atlanta at Minnesota (-3), 1 p.m. Miami at Washington (-3), 1 p.m., Ch. 9 New England (-6 1/2 ) at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Jacksonville (-6 1/2 ), 1 p.m. Denver (-3) at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Pittsburgh (-4 1/2 ) at Cleveland, 1 p.m., Ch. 13 Carolina at St. Louis (-1), 1 p.m. Kansas City at Houston (-3), 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Seattle (-6), 4:15 p.m. Chicago at San Diego (-6), 4:15 p.m., chs. 45, 5 Detroit at Oakland (-2), 4:15 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Dallas (-5 1/2 ), 8:15 p.m., chs. 11, 4


Ravens at Cincinnati (-2 1/2 ), 7 p.m., Ch. 13, ESPN Arizona at San Francisco (-3), 10:15 p.m., ESPN

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