Rumbling Recovery

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Gregg goes most of the way

Tackle takes fumble 59 yards, regrets lack of assist to R. Lewis

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September 18, 2006|By EDWARD LEE | EDWARD LEE,SUN REPORTER

Kelly Gregg said the last time he ran as long and as fast as he did on his 59-yard fumble return late in the third quarter yesterday was during a summer workout.

"But I never had the ball and I never had guys chasing me," the defensive tackle said after the Ravens' 28-6 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

Gregg never made it to the end zone, getting pushed out at Oakland's 15-yard line and becoming the second Ravens defensive lineman in two weeks to return a turnover a long way without scoring. (Rookie nose tackle Haloti Ngata made an interception and rumbled 60 yards before walking out of bounds in last week's 27-0 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.)

Gregg, who had stepped out of bounds before the ball was taken away from him by middle linebacker Ray Lewis, said he would have gladly pitched the ball to Lewis.

"I wish I had heard him earlier," said Gregg, who had four tackles. "I was shot after that. I had to sit out a couple of plays."

But Gregg was quick to contend that he was faster than Ngata.

"I was trying to score," Gregg said. "He just walked out. I got knocked out of bounds. Hopefully, next week, another D-lineman will get a long run."

The recovered fumble was the second of the day for the 6-foot, 310-pound tackle, who also fell on a botched snap by quarterback Aaron Brooks midway through the first quarter. Both take-aways led to field goals by Matt Stover.

Still, coach Brian Billick said he would've preferred one touchdown from his defensive tackles.

"I don't know what drills we can do to work on that," he said. "Maybe get a track coach in here or something."

edward.lee@baltsun.com

Ogden injury isn't serious

Left offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden suffered a hyperextended right knee during the third quarter but said that the injury wasn't serious.

"Someone ran into my knee and kind of hyperextended it and bruised it, but it should be OK," Ogden said. "No ligament damage, just a bruise, I think. So I'm going to get some treatment and get myself ready to go next week."

Also, cornerback Samari Rolle sprained his right foot and watched the second half in street clothes. Afterward, Rolle said he would likely be ready to play against the Cleveland Browns next week.

Wide receiver Devard Darling, who played last week against the Buccaneers, was a game-day scratch for the Ravens. Linebacker Dan Cody, cornerbacks David Pittman and Derrick Martin, defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin, running backs P.J. Daniels and Cory Ross and offensive lineman Chris Chester also were deactivated.

Raiders' Brooks injures shoulder

Raiders coach Art Shell said he pulled quarterback Aaron Brooks in favor of Andrew Walter after Brooks sprained the rotator cuff in his right (throwing) shoulder while trying to recover a fumbled snap that Gregg eventually recovered.

Brooks didn't throw a pass yesterday as he handed off the ball twice to former Maryland star LaMont Jordan and lost two fumbles. Walter completed 10 of 27 passes for 162 yards, but was sacked six times, intercepted three times, lost a fumble and finished with a passer rating of 18.4.

"Aaron is still our guy until he can't go, and Andrew will get the opportunity to get the job back," Shell said. "[Walter] had a chance to make some throws, and he missed them. Under the circumstances, he came in and did OK."

Oakland sat offensive tackle Robert Gallery, linebacker Sam Williams, wide receiver Jerry Porter, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, defensive end Kevin Huntley, guard Corey Hulsey and running back John Paul Foschi. Marques Tuiasosopo was the third (emergency) quarterback.

Stover's streak reaches 26

Matt Stover converted from 25, 33, 37 and 23 yards to extend his streak of field goals to 26, a career best.

Stover, who has not missed since Oct. 31, kicked a personal-best 23 straight field goals between Oct. 13, 1994 and Sept. 17, 1995.

"That's fun," Stover said of the streak. "It just shows you that I've been kicking for a while. I just continue to kick one at a time. I never get outside of that."

Stover also kicked off four times, while rookie punter Sam Koch -- who averaged 43.3 yards on seven punts, including a 60-yarder -- kicked off three times.

"We're going to rotate he and Sam to a degree," Billick said. "I try not to wear one or the other out. He did a nice job."

SOME STRUGGLES FOR PASHOS

Tony Pashos fared well in his matchup with Oakland defensive end Derrick Burgess, but the Ravens right offensive tackle encountered struggles elsewhere.

Although Pashos did not allow Burgess to sack quarterback Steve McNair, he false-started once and was twice flagged for illegal formation in which he did not line up at the line of scrimmage. Although both penalties were declined by the Raiders, Pashos appeared to protest both calls.

"There are some things that I definitely have to come out next week and get better at," he said. "In any game or any practice, you put the good stuff in the bank and build a foundation off of that. With the bad stuff, you go out and get better."

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