Pashos signing means Ogden unlikely to play

Ravens notebook

58-game run would end

special teams' Morrow cut

Pro Football

September 12, 2004|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

CLEVELAND - The Ravens signed offensive tackle Tony Pashos off the practice squad and cut special teams veteran Harold Morrow yesterday, a move that likely means All-Pro offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden will not play in today's season opener.

Ogden, who sprained his knee in the preseason finale, has started 58 straight games (the fourth-longest streak in team history). The seven-time Pro Bowl lineman would be replaced by backup Ethan Brooks.

Ogden's status made signing another lineman a necessity because Damion Cook had been the only healthy reserve all week in practice.

Pashos, a fifth-round draft pick in 2003, spent last year on injured reserve (hand) and played this spring in NFL Europe. He was named to the practice squad after being among the final cuts last weekend.

For Morrow, it's the second time he has been released by the Ravens in a six-day period. But once Ogden proves he can play, the Ravens probably will re-sign Morrow and place Pashos back on the practice squad.

Sanders' celebrations

Coach Brian Billick said he has not counseled flamboyant nickel back Deion Sanders on toning down any touchdown celebrations. Taunting and choreographed routines drew close attention from the officials in the preseason.

"Deion can do whatever he wants," Billick said. "It's just no one can go near him. We'll stand there and critique it. We'll hold our cards up and go `9' or '10.'"

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