Ogden "very questionable" for Steelers game

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens All-Pro offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden is "very questionable" for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers because of a hyperextended toe, according to coach Brian Billick.

Contrary to newspaper reports out of Pittsburgh, Ogden hasn't been officially ruled out. He's listed as questionable and hasn't practiced all week since hurting the toe in a 27-17 win over the Cleveland Browns.

Ogden is likely to be a game-time decision. "It doesn't look very good right now," Billick said Thursday afternoon.

Second-year offensive tackle Adam Terry would start on the left side in Ogden's place if the 10-time Pro Bowl selection is unavailable. However, Ogden insisted that he's going to try to play, adding that his toe has been improving each day.

"It's coming along, it's still purple, but it's making progress," said Ogden, who's walking with a slight limp. "I've still got a couple more days, and hopefully it will respond. Why would they say I'm out unless they're just trying to get their guys fired up?

"I know it's an important game. I want to get out there and I need to help this team. A loss makes it almost impossible to get a first-round bye. I would definitely like to get us a bye."

Terry, a second-round draft pick from Syracuse who filled in the second half earlier this season against the Oakland Raiders when Ogden injured his knee, has played in 20 career games, but has never started.

"He's been around," Billick said regarding Terry. "We have a lot of confidence in him."

Terry would have the daunting task of blocking talkative Steelers outside linebacker Joey Porter if Ogden can't go.

"I've been doing the same thing all year in case he goes down," Terry said. "It's no different than Oakland. You step in and play. I'm not going to give you any locker-room fodder. I'm not a big talker."

TRAINING ROOM: Wide receiver Mark Clayton was added to the injury report with a chest injury and is listed as questionable. He's still expected to start.

Quarterback Steve McNair, who's not listed on the injury report with a hand injury, practiced again without any setbacks.

Meanwhile, Steelers coach Bill Cowher announced that rookie Willie Colon, a fourth-round draft pick from Hofstra, will replace injured right tackle Max Starks (knee) against the Ravens. Colon hasn't played since the preseason, but was chosen over Trai Essex, a third round pick in 2005.

Plus, Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu (knee) was upgraded from questionable to probable and is expected to play for the first time in four games.

The Steelers ruled out safeties Ryan Clark (knee) and Andre Lott (ankle), upgrading safety Mike Logan (hamstring) to probable.

Pittsburgh placed linebacker Chad Brown and cornerback Chidi Iwuoma on injured reserve.

QUICK HITS: With Cowher's future status unresolved as his contract expires after this season, this could potentially be his last game coaching against the Ravens. "That's pretty crazy to think about," said offensive guard Keydrick Vincent, a former Steeler. … A former linebacker and special-teams standout with the Cleveland Browns, Cowher recalled his days as a teammate of Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome. ."Ozzie was so good and I remember so many great catches that he made," Cowher said. "Ozzie is a special man. He has worked his way up and you can see the kind of work he's done. He's very well-respected around the NFL. He's played the game, he's been at every level and I think that's he's a class act." ...

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hasn't thrown an interception in the past two games, but has thrown 20 for the season along with 16 touchdown passes. He threw two interceptions in the Ravens' 27-0 win last month in Baltimore. .... In addition to their normal AFC North competition, the Ravens' 2007 schedule against the AFC East and NFC West includes road games against the Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins. Their home schedule includes visits from the New England Patriots, St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts.

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland.

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