Ogden may miss 2nd straight start, says he'll be ready for the postseason

Ravens notebook

December 28, 2006|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,sun reporter

Jonathan Ogden didn't practice yesterday because of his toe injury, and the Ravens' 10-time Pro Bowl left offensive tackle could miss his second consecutive game when the Buffalo Bills visit M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday.

Ogden, who missed Sunday's 31-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, is listed as doubtful on the injury report for Sunday's game, which will determine if the Ravens get the No. 2 seed and a bye in the AFC playoffs.

"Huge help," Ogden said of the decision made last week to rest his toe. "But ... it's getting a lot better. I have no idea about this week, but one thing's for sure: I'll be back come the playoffs. That's the plan."

Ogden was injured in the Ravens' 27-17 win over the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 17. While team officials referred to the injury as a hyperextended toe, Ogden called it "turf toe."

Ogden, who said doctors told him yesterday to rest after reviewing a magnetic resonance imaging of the injury, said his toe has improved since last week.

"Right now it feels 100 percent better than it did last week at the same time," he said. "But that being said, I can walk. That's about it. If I try to run or do anything, it's not happening. Last week, just walking was sending shooting pain up my foot. So it's definitely made a lot of progress. It's continuing, and it's going to get better."

Ogden said he would prefer to practice at least once to determine his readiness for Sunday, but if he can't play, Adam Terry will make his second career start at left offensive tackle.

"I've just got to do the same thing next week because all it takes is one or two plays and you're in the doghouse," Terry said. "It was my first start and everything [against the Steelers], but that's what is expected out of us. If we're not starting, we're expected to come in and play well."

Meanwhile, linebackers Bart Scott (ankle) and Adalius Thomas (ankle) and left guard Jason Brown (ankle) are questionable. Tight end Daniel Wilcox (back) is probable. The only Bills player on the injury report is fullback Daimon Shelton (head), who is questionable.

No eyes on San Diego

Even though a Ravens victory and a San Diego Chargers loss would give the Ravens home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, a few Ravens players said they could not think about rooting for the Arizona Cardinals, San Diego's opponent on Sunday.

"We can't worry about anybody else but ourselves," linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "What good is it if the Cardinals take care of business and we don't? We're still in the same position. So we really can't worry about the rest of the NFL.

"That's been our motto, that's been what we've gone by all year. Just take care of business and let everything else take care of itself. So we're not really worried about the Cardinals. It would be a good thing if they do [win], but we're not really hoping on it."

End zone

Cornerback Chris McAlister became the first Raven to publicly question the inclusion of Chargers pass-rush specialist Shawne Merriman to the AFC Pro Bowl roster. McAlister seemed perturbed that the former University of Maryland standout was awarded the honor after he was suspended for four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy earlier in the season. ... Despite blustery conditions that included 20-mph wind gusts, Wilcox, cornerback Corey Ivy, running back Cory Ross and wide receiver Alex Bannister wore shorts during special teams practice yesterday.

edward.lee@baltsun.com

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