Mummified toe remains a mystery for Ogden

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September 29, 2007|By Don Markus and Edward Lee | Don Markus and Edward Lee,Sun Reporters

Jonathan Ogden looked down at the mound of tape and gauze covering the big toe on his left foot.

"It's more like a mummy," Ogden said with a smile.

Whether Ogden's mummified toe, which has kept him out of the past two games and which he first hyperextended last season, will prevent him from playing for the Ravens tomorrow against the Browns in Cleveland has yet to be determined.

The perennial All-Pro left tackle was listed as questionable yesterday on the team's injury report. It was an upgrade from last week when Ogden was listed Friday as out of Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Ogden said after practicing indoors yesterday that he felt better than he did a week ago.

"What does that mean? I'm not sure. The turf's tough on the toe," Ogden said. "I might go out there and run around and see [before the game]. I don't know. It's so tough."

Said Ravens coach Brian Billick: "He moved around very, very well. We'll see how Sunday looks, but I was very pleased with the way he moved."

Along with Ogden, wide receivers Mark Clayton (calf) and Demetrius Williams (heel) were listed as questionable. Cornerback Samari Rolle will sit out his second straight game because he is adjusting to medication being taken for an undisclosed illness.

Lloyd awaits chance

The right leg that got kicker Rhys Lloyd a coveted spot on the team's 53-man active roster hasn't made it onto the field this season. Lloyd, who was expected to handle the kickoffs to keep Matt Stover's leg fresh, has been inactive all three games.

"Obviously, I want to play, but it's about what the team needs," Lloyd said.

Lloyd, who kicked a 55-yard field goal in the preseason, acknowledges it is a bit frustrating to sit.

"But at the same time, I understand, and it's one of those things where I know I'm here to learn from Matt and do the right thing," Lloyd said. "I'm just trying to bide my time and wait for the right opportunity."

don.markus@baltsun.com edward.lee@baltsun.com

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