Ogden to be a game-time decision

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens All-Pro left tackle Jonathan Ogden remains a noncommittal question mark for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. Following practice Friday at the Ravens' indoor practice facility, Ogden said he will be a game-time decision after missing the previous two weeks with a hyperextended left big toe and a sprained left foot.

"It feels better, a little better than last week,'' Ogden said. "We'll see. I might go out there and run around. I don't know.''

Ogden, who suffered a setback during the Ravens' season-opening loss to the Cincinnati Bengals when he hurt his foot while being bull-rushed by defensive end Justin Smith, is officially listed as questionable on the injury report.

The 10-time Pro Bowl selection practiced fully all week, an improvement over a week ago where he had to remove himself from drills shortly after hitting the blocking sled a few times.

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

STREAKY PLAYER: Former Ravens quarterback Derek Anderson set a franchise record with five touchdown passes during the Browns' 51-45 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals and was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week.

However, the former Baltimore sixth-round draft pick regressed markedly last week with two interceptions and a fumble while rushing and throwing for a touchdown in a loss to the Oakland Raiders.

"We feel good about where he is right now," Browns coach Romeo Crennel said in a conference call. "He could have played better last week, and he'll tell you that, but I think the guys believe in him and they know he can make things happen. He's a big, tall guy with a strong arm, good confidence and he gets along well with his teammates."

Anderson, though, is known for making mistakes. He threw 79 touchdown passes at Oregon State, but also gift-wrapped 57 interceptions.

"Derek will try to force some things," said defensive end Dwan Edwards, Anderson's college teammate. "He can get hot and get on a roll, but he can also be shaken up if you hit him a lot."

Anderson, who was cut in 2005 following training camp, threw two touchdown passes and two interceptions in his lone start against Baltimore last season. In the Ravens' 27-17 win last December, Anderson completed 23 of 32 passes for 223 yards.

At 6-foot-6, 230 pounds with size 18 cleats, he qualifies as a pure pocket passer.

"He has some really big feet," linebacker Bart Scott said. "I think him and Shaq share shoes. He has a great arm. He's a pocket quarterback. He's a fiery guy, a competitor and I think he'll be out to prove a point against his former team."

Plus, Anderson is trying to keep the Browns' fan base from bellowing for first-round pick Brady Quinn, the blue-chip quarterback from Notre Dame, to replace him permanently.

"If he does his job to a high level, then they won't clamor for Brady," Crennel said. "When we played against Cincinnati and he had the good game, I don't think they called for Brady. Not once."

INJURY UPDATE: Middle linebacker Ray Lewis missed the early portion of practice for the third day in a row with an ankle injury.

Although he was limited during practice, he didn't appear to be limping afterward. Lewis is listed as probable and is expected to start Sunday.

Wide receivers Mark Clayton (calf) and Demetrius Williams (heel) are questionable and were limited in practice.

When asked if both were considered a sure bet to play, Billick replied: "I think so, but we'll have to see on Sunday."

Tight end Daniel Wilcox (ankle) is questionable, but participated fully.

The following players are listed as probable: fullback Justin Green (thigh), tight end Todd Heap (calf), wide receiver Derrick Mason (back), quarterback Steve McNair (groin), safety Ed Reed (wrist) and linebacker Gary Stills (knee).

Cornerback Samari Rolle (undisclosed illness) and defensive end Trevor Pryce (broken wrist) are out.

NOT FINED: Arizona Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson wasn't fined by the NFL after league officials reviewed his concussion-causing hit on Heap, which drew an unnecessary roughness penalty.

Heap staggered off the field with a mild concussion.

"You get hit and you don't remember much after that," Heap said. "I go back and look at it and I see that he hit me pretty dang good and high.

"I wouldn't say it was the dirtiest hit I've ever seen. It was probable more vicious me hitting the ground than him hitting me, but obviously it was a brutal hit."

Heap was asked if his wife was concerned about him playing after that big hit.

"No, luckily she doesn't make football decisions for me," Heap said. "I'm sure she thought that. I made sure that I was aware of my surroundings before I talked to her."

STRONG START: Jarret Johnson is rapidly dispelling the assumption that he represented a major downgrade from departed All-Pro outside linebacker Adalius Thomas.

Johnson ranks second on the team behind Lewis with 20 tackles in addition to a sack and a forced fumble.

"My teammates trust me and I trust them," Johnson said. "I really don't let the pressure get to me."

Added defensive coordinator Rex Ryan: "Definitely pleased with Jarret. It really doesn't come as a surprise to all of us because he played so much for us last year, but he understands coverages really well. He's seeing the big picture, so he's got upside as well. We haven't seen the best that he has and that's exciting."

QUICK HITS: Wide receiver Derrick Mason revived some vintage moves from Michael Jackson for his end-zone dance last week against the Cardinals. "It was the old Michael," Mason said. "These younger guys nowadays they do all these hip moves. Once in a while, somebody's got to take it back. Hopefully, I'll get more of that." ... Edwards is eager to rebound after not recording any statistics in his first start last week in place of Pryce. "I'm looking for a couple sacks, I'm trying to ball out," he said. "Not a lot of stuff came my way last week, but I think this is going to be a big game for me." ... The following Browns are listed as questionable: safety Gary Baxter (knees), wide receiver Tim Carter (knee), linebackers Willie McGinest (back) and Antwan Peek (foot), defensive tackle Orpheus Roye (knee), tight end Kellen Winslow (shoulder) and punter Dave Zastudil (back).

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.

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