There is no conflict between Jonathan Ogden and his coach.
Two days after coach Brian Billick openly suggested that the Ravens might have to consider placing Ogden on injured reserve if he cannot play by Nov. 5, the 10-time Pro Bowl pick did not disagree with Billick's assessment.
"I understand that," Ogden said yesterday after practice. "I would think the same way, too. But like I said, I'm going to try and get ready."
Ogden, who was limited in practice, has been hobbled by a sprained left foot and hyperextended big toe on the foot since the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 10. Since then, he has missed five straight games and might have to sit out against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
On Monday, Billick said if the toe does not heal over next week's bye and in time for Ogden to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 5, the team would have to decide whether to end Ogden's season and give his roster spot to someone else.
Ogden, the franchise's first draft pick, said the possibility of being placed on injured reserve has not entered his mind.
"I have enough stuff to think about with this thing," he said. "I'm not going to think about that. I've just got to get myself back on the field. And it's coming. It's feeling a lot better."
Ogden said his primary objective is to get ready to face the Steelers.
"After the bye, I'm going," he said. "Unless there is a huge setback, because that's the only way I wouldn't be able to play the Pittsburgh game."
Billick denies McAlister out 4-6 weeks
Billick reiterated yesterday that cornerback Chris McAlister's strained right knee would not keep him out four to six weeks as originally reported by ESPN Radio 1300.
"I don't know where that one came out," Billick said. "I'm sure we'll list him as doubtful this week, but the prognosis is very optimistic for Pittsburgh. At least that's what I've been told. But that's just from the doctors and trainers. I don't have the sources you all have."
McAlister, who didn't practice but spoke in the locker room afterward, did not feel compelled to dispel the confusion, saying: "I don't know. Talk to the trainers. They'll tell you."
Linebacker Ray Lewis (knee), quarterback Steve McNair (back) and tight ends Todd Heap (hamstring) and Daniel Wilcox (toe) also did not practice.
Offensive line getting healthy
Despite being limited in practice, center Mike Flynn (sprained right knee) and offensive tackle Adam Terry (sprained left ankle) said they were optimistic that they could return to the field Sunday.
While Flynn lined up with a first-team offensive line composed of guards Jason Brown and Ben Grubbs and tackles Jared Gaither and Marshal Yanda during the portion of practice open to the media, Terry stood off to the side with Ogden.
"It's going along good," Terry said of his progress. "The swelling and everything has gone down. Just have to keep at it throughout the week."
Running back Willis McGahee (knee) and wide receivers Derrick Mason (knee) and Demetrius Williams (knee) also were limited in practice.
Linebacker Terrell Suggs, who got his first sack of the season Sunday, said for the first time yesterday that the drought had begun to worry him. "I'm like, 'Man, it's getting too late in the season,' " he said. "Never in my football career have I gone this long without getting one. But I finally got one, got it out of the way, knocked it out. Now it's back to what I always do: play football." ... The Ravens re-signed kicker Rhys Lloyd and running back Cory Ross to the active roster after releasing both Saturday. To make room for them, the team waived offensive tackle Mike Kracalik and guard Ikechuku Ndukwe and re-signed them to the practice squad. ... Kicker Matt Stover was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after tying a career record by kicking five field goals in Sunday's 22-3 victory over St. Louis. ... Bills starting free safety Jim Leonhard (calf) has been ruled out of Sunday's game.