McNair re-enters lineup, but Ogden not yet ready

RAVENS NOTEBOOK

If ill Rolle unable to play tomorrow, Ivy likely will get start

September 22, 2007|By Don Markus | Don Markus,SUN REPORTER

Ravens quarterback Steve McNair and left tackle Jonathan Ogden were forced out of their team's season-opening road loss to the Cincinnati Bengals with injuries. Both missed last week's home-opening, 20-13 victory over the New York Jets.

McNair will be back tomorrow against the Arizona Cardinals at M&T Bank Stadium, but Ogden is at least a week away.

Ravens coach Brian Billick said after practice yesterday in Owings Mills that McNair, who injured a groin muscle against the Bengals, came through three days of workouts this week unscathed.

"He seems to have gotten through the week OK," Billick said of McNair, who came out in the fourth quarter of a 27-20 loss to the Bengals after committing four turnovers. "Both Thursday and Friday, he felt pretty good."

Ogden is a different story. After missing all of last week's practices, Ogden returned for limited work Wednesday, sat out Thursday and returned for more work yesterday. But not enough to get him back in the lineup.

"It won't be this week, but he's progressing," Billick said, when asked about Ogden.

Ogden is realistic enough to know that when he returns, the pain will probably still be there.

"Trying to get comfortable with it," said Odgen, who hyperextended his left big toe last season and sprained the left foot against the Bengals. "I don't know if I would play without pain. That would be nice, but I don't foresee that happening. At least bearable pain where you can function."

Adam Terry again will start in Ogden's place.

Out sick

Cornerback Samari Rolle sat out his second straight day of practice because of an undisclosed illness and was listed as questionable for tomorrow.

"He's got a bit of a bug going," Billick said.

If Rolle doesn't recover sufficiently to play against the Cardinals, veteran Corey Ivy likely would start in his place.

"I prepare every week to go out there and play like a starter," Ivy said. "If he's not able to go, whoever is going to fill his void is going to play the best that they can. We're just going to show up Sunday and do our best."

Ivy knows that he and the other members of the Ravens' secondary, who had their problems in the fourth quarter against the Jets, will be challenged by the Cardinals' receivers, led by Larry Fitzgerald (10 catches for 107 yards) and Anquan Boldin (eight catches for 105 yards and a touchdown).

"They have a great group of receivers," Ivy said. "We're going to have to play sound technique. Hopefully, the ball will bounce our way and, hopefully, we can prevent them from making big plays."

don.markus@baltsun.com

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