Hamstrung Ogden shakes head


Ravens 20, Bills 6

Ravens Gameday


With his left leg heavily taped and his future availability uncertain, left tackle Jonathan Ogden seemed more confused than angry.

Ogden suffered a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter of the Ravens' 20-6 win over the Buffalo Bills yesterday and likely will miss Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He had to be helped off the field and hobbled around the locker room in obvious discomfort 30 minutes after the game.

"I've never had [a hamstring injury]," Ogden said with a peculiar look on his face. "It's just odd to me."

Ogden will have a magnetic resonance imaging exam today to see the extent of the injury.

"We'll see what happens," he said.

Ogden's description of the injury's occurrence was similar to that of players who have ruptured their Achilles' tendons. He said he was running and suddenly it felt like he'd been kicked in the back of his leg, although no one touched Ogden on the play.

On the play before the injury, safety Chad Williams intercepted a Drew Bledsoe pass at the Ravens' 1-yard line and returned the ball 93 yards to the Bills' 6.

Chester Taylor took a pitch to Ogden's side on the next play, and the mammoth left tackle buckled as he tried to get out and make a block.

"It's just one of those weird things that happen," Ogden said. "I was running ... and I went down."

Ogden missed the first game of the season with an injured knee, the first time he had not played in 58 games.

"I might have been compensating a bit," Ogden said. "But we'll see. The timetable is dependent on the severity."

Ethan Brooks, who played much of the second half for injured right tackle Orlando Brown, switched to left tackle to finish the game. Brown, who suffered a broken index finger, came back once Ogden was injured.

Brooks will replace Ogden for however long the Pro Bowl tackle is out. The line struggled in the first game without Ogden as the Ravens lost, 20-3, to the Cleveland Browns.

"Whoever is playing the left side has got to step it up," Brown said. "J.O. is going to be all right. He's not going to be out long."

Next for Ravens

Matchup: Ravens (4-2) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (6-0)

Site: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia

When: Sunday, 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: Ch. 13/WJFK (1300 AM), WQSR (102.7 FM)

Line: Eagles by 7 1/2

Series: Tied 0-0-1

Last meeting: Ravens and Eagles tied, 10-10, on Nov. 16, 1997, at Baltimore.

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