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American Football: Ogden makes progress

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posted on Sep, 5 2004 @ 11:49 AM
Ravens tackle Jonathan Ogden hopes to play in the season opener after spraining a knee ligament in Baltimore's final exhibition game.

Ogden, 6-foot-9 and 345 pounds, has played in 58 straight games. The seven-time Pro bowl player hasn't missed a game since sitting out a win over Jacksonville in 2000. Right tackle Ethan Brooks most likely would move to the left side if Ogden misses any time.

Ogden injured his left medial collateral ligament in a 27-17 victory against the New York Giants on Thursday night and did not participate in a light practice leading to the opener

"I'm walking, bending it," he said Saturday. "It's still too early to tell, but at least I'm making progress, and that's a good thing. I'd say I'm 50-50."

Ogden was leading running back Chester Taylor on a sweep when he fell and a group of players landed on his legs. He was assisted off the field by trainers. X-rays were not taken and a subsequent MRI was negative.

"I was like 'Why is this happening to me in the last preseason game?' Ogden said. "I knew after about a minute that it wasn't too serious. I just know I need to be out there against the Browns."
In other news, the Ravens placed linebacker Peter Boulware (knee surgery) on the physically unable to perform list, meaning he cannot practice with the team until the regular season's sixth week.

The team also released eight players, including three members of the 2002 draft class: cornerback Javin Hunter and return specialist Lamont Brightful (both sixth-round picks) and wideout Ron Johnson, a fourth-round selection who caught a touchdown pass against Carolina in the 2002 season opener.

The other cuts were offensive lineman Eric Dumas, cornerback Rashad Holman, tight end Nick Eller, safety Dave Revill and linebacker Brandon Rager.


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