Ogden expected to be out for up to a month

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens All-Pro offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden has discarded his crutches, but is still expected to be out up to a month with a pulled left hamstring barring a major breakthrough in his recovery.

"They say three to four weeks, but we'll see," said Ogden, who's listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles. "Doing different things, who knows, maybe I can get back sooner than expected. I'm pushing to get healthy as soon as possible. This eats at me."

Despite his questionable listing on the injury report, which denotes a 50-50 chance of availability, Ogden declared that it's out of the question that he'll play. A magnetic resonance imaging exam of Ogden's leg, which he hurt in the fourth quarter of a 20-6 win over the Buffalo Bills, revealed a pull with no tear in the muscle.

"It's a severe pull," Ravens coach Brian Billick said.

That means the 6-foot-9, 345-pound left tackle will likely be replaced by Ethan Brooks, who has a broken left thumb.

"I have a lot of faith in him," Ogden said. "I know that he can get it done."

Ogden missed the season-opener with a knee injury as Baltimore lost 20-3 to the Cleveland Browns. Slowed by a knee injury that day, Brooks allowed three sacks to defensive end Kenard Lang.
Ogden, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, noted this is his first hamstring injury, so it's hard for him to forecast how long until he's back.

"People who have had them says it takes a little while to get back," Ogden said. "Never having done this before, I don't really know what the timetable is."

Ogden has taken an aggressive approach to recovery, receiving treatment three to four times daily in addition to working out at home.

"I'm just trying to do everything I can," Ogden said. "I need to be able to move, push off and be able to run."

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times and ravensinsider.com

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