Notebook: Ogden uncertain if he can play

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens All-Pro offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden remained noncommittal on whether he'll be able to play in Monday night's season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, acknowledging that he wouldn't be healthy enough to play if the game had been scheduled for Thursday.

Ogden, who has missed the entire offseason and preseason with a hyperextended left big toe, described himself as "cautiously optimistic" about being able to play left tackle in four days after practicing for the third time this week without incident.

The 10-time Pro Bowl selection was limited in team drills, but did hit the blocking sled during the portion of practice open to the media.

"It's OK, not great," Ogden said of his toe. "I just have to be able to be effective. I've got to be able to go out there and not hurt the team. I've got to be able to push and not get bull-rushed.

"All the things that I'm used to doing, I've got to be able to do at least close to where I usually do them. I'm not going to say yea or nay. I'm think I'm officially what, questionable?"

Ogden, who pondered retirement during the offseason, injured his toe late last year and aggravated the injury in a January playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts. A specialist recommended that Ogden not undergo surgery.

"I can sleep at night," quarterback Steve McNair quipped when asked about Ogden 's potential return. "That should give us a boost upfront. As a quarterback, you want to feel comfortable, you want to feel faith from your backside, and J.O. gives me that confidence."

Ogden declined to speculate on whether he would be a game-time decision.

"I expect to know before that, but I don't expect anyone else to know before that," Ogden said. "If I knew, I would say that I know, but I'm not telling you. I just don't know."

Added Ravens coach Brian Billick: "He seemed to get through it pretty good. The key will be how he feels tomorrow and then the next day."

If Ogden is unavailable, the Ravens would shift Adam Terry from the right side to his natural left tackle spot and insert rookie Marshal Yanda at right tackle. Ogden said he won't allow the inexperience of his replacements dictate whether he's going to play.

"I can't be concerned about that," Ogden said. "I have to be more concerned about how the foot is feeling because I don't want to go out there not feeling well enough to play and then re-aggravate something and then be down two, three, four weeks. I want to try to, when I get back out there this week or next week, be ready to go and try to push through the whole 16 games."

INJURY UPDATE Linebacker Gary Stills didn't practice due to a chest injury.

The following players were limited during practice: linebacker Antwan Barnes (sprained ankle), wide receiver Mark Clayton (sprained ankle), cornerback Samari Rolle (sprained ankle) and tight end Daniel Wilcox (sprained ankle).

Practicing and not listed on the official injury report: quarterback Kyle Boller (knee) and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (knee).

Plus, linebackers Dan Cody (knee surgery) and Mike Smith (shoulder surgery), who are on the physically unable to perform list, worked out for the first time this season. It was surprising to see Cody looking as fluid as he did. They will miss at least the first six weeks of the season under NFL rules.

The Bengals ruled out wide receiver Antonio Chatman (hamstring), linebacker Rashad Jeanty (shin), safety Ethan Kilmer (knee) and defensive end Frostee Rucker (hamstring). Offensive tackle Willie Anderson (foot) didn't practice along with wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh (knee) and cornerback Johnathan Joseph (foot).

Kicker Shayne Graham (hip), center Eric Ghiaciuc (neck) and cornerback Leon Hall (illness) practiced.

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