Ogden's availability is still up in the air

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

He misses practice, says his knee needs to improve

Pro Football

September 11, 2004|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

Jonathan Ogden did not practice yesterday, increasing the probability that the Pro Bowl tackle will be out of the Ravens' opener at Cleveland against the Browns tomorrow.

Ogden has not practiced since spraining his left knee in the preseason finale last week against the New York Giants.

The Ravens will likely make a decision on Ogden's availability today to avoid going into the game with only one healthy backup offensive lineman (Damion Cook).

Asked if his knee needed to improve drastically to play, Ogden said: "Yeah, it would. Stranger things have happened. But it would have to be something pretty substantial. We'll see on Sunday what happens."

Ethan Brooks will start if Ogden can't play. Ogden has not missed a game since the 2000 season.

Ravens coach Brian Billick, who usually wants all of his players who will be active to practice the Friday before the game, said he will be more lenient where Ogden is concerned.

"Seven-time Pro Bowler, you are going to get some leeway," Billick said.

Kelly Gregg (knee) and Adalius Thomas (knee) are also questionable, but both practiced and will probably start.

"They are all listed as questionable, which means there is a 50-50 chance that they will play," Billick said. "There is a 50-50 chance we will show up. You can do what you want with that."

Hymes is No. 3 receiver

With Devard Darling's status for the game and season still uncertain because of a quadriceps injury, Randy Hymes will be the third receiver, a position he will likely hold the rest of the year.

"Being the third receiver is going to be big, especially since Travis [Taylor] and Devard have injuries," said Hymes, who missed all of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. "The goal this year was for me to get back on the field and do the things I was doing before I got injured. This was a big accomplishment for me."

Hymes will line up as the outside receiver in three-receiver sets, while Taylor will shift inside to the slot position.

T. Suggs trial date set

The trial date for linebacker Terrell Suggs is set for Jan. 18 in Arizona, five days before the AFC championship game.

Suggs is accused of assaulting a man with a reinforcement rod and attacking another man in the parking lot of Phoenix Municipal Stadium after a three-on-three basketball tournament in March 2003.

"I just want to go on and get it over with so everybody knows I didn't do nothing," Suggs said. "But what if we are on a Super Bowl run?"

L. Suggs misses practice

Browns running back Lee Suggs did not practice yesterday, leaving him doubtful for tomorrow's game.

Suggs, bothered by a neck stinger for more than a week, didn't even bring a helmet with him onto the practice field for yesterday's workout.

Browns coach Butch Davis said Suggs had improved and isn't ruling him out.

"We've still got 48 hours, and I haven't spoken to the doctors yet," Davis said.

If Suggs can't play, William Green will get the start.

End zone

The Ravens signed quarterback Josh Harris to the practice squad and released receiver Todd Devoe. Harris cleared waivers and could be signed to the active roster if either Kyle Boller or Kordell Stewart is injured. ... Fullback Harold Morrow returned to practice yesterday. Morrow was originally cut earlier this week but was re-signed to the active roster in place of Harris. The Ravens could choose to cut Morrow again and sign tackle Tony Pashos off the practice squad if Ogden can't play tomorrow. The move would have to be made by this afternoon.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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