Ogden questionable, Harris to practice squad

OWINGS MILLS - Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden remains questionable with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, and Ethan Brooks appears likely to stand in for the All-Pro left tackle in the season-opener Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.<br><br> Ogden acknowledged Friday that unless he makes drastic improvement over the next 48 hours, he'll miss this football game.

"Right now, literally, it doesn't feel great right now, but you never know," Ogden said. "I'm just taking a positive approach to things. If they improve over the next 48 hours, I'll be able to do something. If not, then I won't. It's one of those things I can't control."

Ogden was injured in the preseason finale last week against the New York Giants and hasn't practiced since. The questionable listing denotes a 50-50 chance of his availability.

Ravens coach Brian Billick indicated he would likely allow Ogden to play if his knee feels better after not practicing all week.

"Sure, a seven-time Pro Bowler, you're going to get some leeway," Billick said.

The Ravens could elevate tackle Tony Pashos from the practice squad to add depth behind Brooks and Damion Cook, the top backup at center, guard and tackle.
Unless a miraculous recovery occurs on the way to Cleveland, though, Ogden probably won't be in the lineup.

"Yeah, it would, but stranger things have happened," Ogden said. "It would have to be something pretty substantial."

TRAINING ROOM: Wide receiver Kevin Johnson is listed as probable with a thigh injury. Both linebacker Adalius Thomas and nose guard Kelly Gregg practiced, but are still listed as questionable with knee injuries. Rookie receiver Devard Darling is probable with a quadriceps injury, but said he's healthy enough to play.

ROSTER MOVES: The Ravens signed rookie quarterback Josh Harris to the practice squad after he cleared waivers, and cut wide receiver Todd Devoe from the practice squad.

RETURN GAME: Rookie return specialist B.J. Sams said he'll return all kickoffs and most of the punts. Nickel back Deion Sanders could returns a punt or two, Sams said.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.


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