Ogden may miss 3-4 weeks with pulled hamstring

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Heap back at practice

J. Lewis pays a visit

Pro Football

October 28, 2004|By Jamison Hensley and Brent Jones | Jamison Hensley and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

On the day when offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden said he expects to be out three to four games with a pulled left hamstring, tight end Todd Heap practiced for the first time since spraining his right ankle in Week 2.

But Heap, the Ravens' leading receiver the past two seasons, did not sound optimistic about returning to the lineup.

"It's hard to say; It's a day-to-day type deal right now," Heap said after practice. "There could be a chance."

Heap, who only had the ankle taped, did not participate in all the team drills. He did run fluidly while catching passes at the beginning of practice.

"Cutting is probably the toughest thing right now," said Heap, who is the Ravens' second-leading receiver this season (12 receptions) despite missing the past 4 1/2 games. "I think it's getting better. I haven't felt any residual effects from it other than it hasn't gotten worse from the cutting today."

Heap and Ogden are listed as questionable, although there is no doubt in Ogden's mind about his availability.

"They say three to four weeks, but we'll see," Ogden said. "By doing different things, maybe I can get back sooner than expected. I'm pushing to get healthy as soon as possible."

A magnetic resonance imaging test revealed a pull, which is considered worse than a strain but less severe than a tear.

Ogden, a seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle, had started 58 consecutive regular-season games before a knee sprain sidelined him in the opener. He has never missed more than three games in a season.

Ethan Brooks, who has a broken left thumb, likely will replace Ogden.

"People who have had them say it takes a little while to get back," said Ogden, who was injured in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 20-6 win over the Buffalo Bills. "I'll just see where I go with it. My goal is to be able to get back as fast as possible. Never having done this, I don't really know what the timetable is."

J. Lewis watches, waits

Jamal Lewis returned yesterday to the Ravens' training complex, where he can work out and watch practice.

Lewis, who will serve the final game of his NFL suspension Sunday, was punished by the league after he pleaded guilty earlier this month to using a cell phone to set up a drug transaction before he was a Raven.

Under most instances, players are not allowed to enter the team's practice facility during their suspension. NFL officials recently alerted the Ravens that he could return to the team's facility but can't attend meetings or suit up for practice.

Sanders lauded

Nickel back Deion Sanders was honored as the AFC's Defensive Player of the Week for his two-interception performance against the Bills.

Sanders returned the first interception, which came off a Chad Williams deflection, 48 yards for a touchdown. The second interception came in the end zone.

"It was quite an honor," Sanders said. "I didn't know they give it to 35-and-older [players] actually. I'm happy. I'm elated, I really am."

Although Sanders is known for his flashiness, he declined to taunt people that thought his comeback after a three-year layoff was a mistake.

"I'm not like that," Sanders said. "I don't have that type of attitude. I'm a very confident man, and you all know that. As far as sitting up here and saying `I told you so,' I don't do that. That would go past the confident level."

Wright debuts at practice

Quarterback Anthony Wright returned to practice yesterday, his first with the team this season.

The Ravens now have three weeks to place Wright on the active roster or on injured reserved for the rest of the season. Wright is expected to practice the next couple of weeks before being promoted to the active roster.

"I'll be able to get back into the groove of everything in practice and still have that grace period. It's definitely a relief," Wright said. "I'd been waiting for it for a long time. I'm just glad I'm back healthy and able to produce again."

Once Wright is active, the Ravens will have to waive a player.

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