Ogden makes 1st appearance

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

Tackle could be back on field Monday

father's funeral scheduled for Friday

Ravens & Nfl

August 02, 2006|By EDWARD LEE | EDWARD LEE,SUN REPORTER

Jonathan Ogden made his first appearance at Ravens training camp at McDaniel College yesterday. Naturally, football was not the first thing on the offensive tackle's mind.

Ogden's father, Shirrel, died last Wednesday, and his funeral is set for Friday. The team has canceled Friday's afternoon practice sessions to allow players to attend the funeral. (The "young players" - as noted in the team's news release - will participate in a one-hour walkthrough that afternoon.)

Jonathan Ogden, a nine-time Pro Bowl player, has been excused from the first four days of training camp to help make arrangements for the funeral. Second-year pro Adam Terry has been getting most of the reps at left tackle with the first unit.

Ogden, who visited camp with his brother Marques and son Jayden, said he is not terribly anxious to return to the football field.

"Football's on my mind and helps me get away, but I'm not really too concerned" about it, Ogden said after the morning practice. "I just came out here so that I can see the guys and just kind of try something different. Get a different look at stuff and get my mind off of it for a minute."

As for his return, Ogden said he could be back as early as Monday. "We've got the funeral Friday, so hopefully, I'll be ready to come back on Monday and do some stuff," he said. "We're just going to see."

Coach Brian Billick said the team will continue to wait patiently for Ogden's return.

"We're going to help Jonathan in all we can to deal with this difficult time," he said. "It's good to have him out."

Clayton sits out

Mark Clayton did not practice yesterday after team officials said the second-year wide receiver tweaked his left hamstring Monday. The injury, however, is not considered serious, and Clayton is listed as day-to-day.

"It's just precautionary," Billick said. "We just felt like it would be better for him to lay low, just to make sure the hamstring is doing OK."

Cornerback Samari Rolle had to leave midway through the morning session to get his left knee wrapped, but dismissed any concerns afterward. "I'm fine, I'm getting older. I'll be out there [Wednesday]," he said.

Wide receiver Clarence Moore (sports hernia), running back Cory Ross (strained right hamstring) and tight end Bobby Blizzard (strained back) did not practice.

No NFL Europe

At 6 feet 5 and 291 pounds, Samuel Gutekunst seems like a typical offensive lineman. The difference is that Gutekunst hails from Lustadt, Germany, and is on loan to the Ravens from the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe.

Gutekunst said participating in practice here has been an eye-opening experience from his playing days in Europe.

"There are lots of differences, but the biggest is speed," he said. "You have to pick it up and get better and better. The drills come so fast. That's the biggest difference between NFL Europe and here.

"The second difference is the system," Gutekunst said. "In NFL Europe, as an offensive lineman, you have just two or three different defensive fronts that you have to learn. In your own system, you have just five or six plays on offense and three or four pass protection [schemes]. Here, there's a lot more that you've got to study."

Practice changes

The Ravens have moved morning practices up to 8:15 a.m. for the remainder of the week. The afternoon sessions remain the same with the exception of Friday. The team's "young players" will participate in a walkthrough between 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

edward.lee@baltsun.com

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