J. Lewis slowed by hip injury

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

He'll miss last 2 preseason games

Ogden has some comfort in return

Notebook

August 20, 2006|By JAMISON HENSLEY AND EDWARD LEE | JAMISON HENSLEY AND EDWARD LEE,SUN REPORTERS

Running back Jamal Lewis is being held out of the Ravens' last two preseason games as a precautionary measure, team officials said yesterday.

The Ravens are extremely confident that Lewis will be ready for the regular-season opener at Tampa Bay on Sept. 10.

In Thursday's preseason win over the Philadelphia Eagles, Lewis told coach Brian Billick that he felt a pain in his hip after a 3-yard gain early in the second quarter. Lewis, who had injured his hip before training camp, was then pulled from the game.

It is believed he could play this week if it was a regular-season game.

"Medically, it's prudent at this point to give him a chance to fully rehab it, get that last bit of soreness or whatever it is that's going on in there out," Billick said. "So between now and the beginning of the season, that is what our focus is going to be. Hopefully, we're giving him two weeks to get the proper rehab and crank it up for Tampa Bay."

With Lewis out, Mike Anderson worked with the starting offense yesterday. Anderson, who has 25 yards on eight carries this preseason, said he is not being limited after spraining his foot Thursday.

"More carries are always welcome," said Anderson, who was the leading rusher for the Denver Broncos last season. "It should be fun."

In other injury-related news, a trio of linebackers did not participate in practice. Terrell Suggs was battling the flu, according to Billick, and Adalius Thomas had his right knee wrapped. The injury is not considered serious.

Rookie Jim Cottrell was also absent, but Billick was not sure why. "He's a late no-show," Billick said. "You'd have to check with [trainer] Bill [Tessendorf]."

Punter Leo Araguz also missed practice for undisclosed reasons.

Ogden back in routine

The Ravens offense welcomed nine-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden back to practice by calling a fake snap count and inducing Ogden into false-starting.

Ogden, who missed the past three weeks of training camp to mourn the death of his father last month, laughed when asked about the prank, but became serious as he discussed the comfort returning to football provides.

"I think if I had to guess right now - it's kind of hard because I'm just getting back - I'd probably say it's a comfort because it's routine," Ogden said. "It's what I've been doing for a long time, and I'm just trying to get back to it. It's not as good as I'd like to get it right now, but I expected that. ... As long as I'm really ready to go against Tampa, that's my goal."

Interception may come in handy

Cornerback Evan Oglesby figures his odds of making the team are long, but his interception in the Ravens' 20-10 victory over the Eagles may have helped his cause.

Oglesby intercepted a deep pass from quarterback Koy Detmer intended for wide receiver Greg Lewis at the Ravens' 37-yard line in the third quarter. The Ravens converted that turnover into a 30-yard field goal by Matt Stover for a 13-10 lead.

"For me to have an interception in this league at this level, it's just an unbelievable feeling," Oglesby said. "I try to go out every day and give it my all. Fortunately, that play went my way, and I had an opportunity to show a little bit of what I've got." jamison.hensley@baltsun.com edward.lee@baltsun.com

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