Ogden sprained MCL in left knee


Baltimore Ravens: Left tackle Jonathan Ogden
sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in
Thursday's exhibition game against the New York Giants.

Ogden is questionable for the season opener against the
Cleveland Browns on Sept. 12, according to the Ravens' Web site. If
swelling subsides and his knee is not too stiff, he probably will

Ogden was hurt on a sweep to the left side by Chester Taylor. He
was lying on the ground when players from both teams fell over him
as his leg was in the air.

Ogden has made the Pro Bowl in seven of his eight seasons and is
one of the best linemen in the league.

San Diego Chargers: Marty Schottenheimer
is keeping his team -- including quarterbacks Drew Brees and
Philip Rivers -- in suspense.

Schottenheimer reviewed game film Friday, but didn't announce
the Chargers' starting quarterback for the season opener on Sept.
12 at Houston.

"I have a pretty good idea, and we will announce it on
Monday," Schottenheimer said.

Brees has been steady in four exhibition games, two of which the
Chargers won. Brees, the Chargers' opening day starter the past two
years, was 31-of-45 for 432 yards, three touchdowns and two
interceptions this summer. In 15 series, he directed the Chargers
to five touchdowns and a field goal.

Rivers was 18-of-30 for 164 yards and one touchdown with three
interceptions in two exhibition games. His numbers are somewhat
inflated because the majority of his completions were for less than
10 yards.

Detroit Lions: Safety Brock Marion has a bruised right
knee but is expected to play in the Sept. 12 opener at Chicago.

Marion was hurt on the opening drive of Detroit's final preseason game, a 20-17 win over Buffalo on Thursday. The results
of his MRI exam were released Friday.

"It is our hope and expectation that Brock will be ready to
play in our season opener," coach Steve Mariucci said.

Marion was helped off the field after he was hit going after a
fumble. He was carted from the sideline with an ice pack strapped
to his knee.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Just eight days after signing Steve Christie to address deficiencies in their kicking game, the club released the 14-year veteran, indicating that rookie Josh Scobee's performance in the past two preseason games has made him the favorite to win the starting job.

A fifth-round draft choice, Scobee made all four field goal attempts in the two most recent preseason contests after struggling much of training camp. For now, at least, he is the lone placement specialist on the roster. Jacksonville might peruse the waiver list this weekend, but the former Louisiana Tech standout has kicked well enough of late that the staff might not be as tempted to add a veteran kicker.

Christie, 36, kicked the last three seasons in San Diego, but the Chargers did not try to re-sign him after the season. The veteran converted 15 of 20 field goal attempts in 2003. He Christie has made 314 of 403 field goal tries and 435 of 440 extra points in his career and his 1,377 points rank as the 15th most in NFL history.

--Senior Writer Len Pasquarelli

Kansas City Chiefs: The league has fined center Casey Wiegmann $10,000 -- an unusually large sum for a preseason game -- for an illegal hit against Cleveland Browns linebacker Eric Westmoreland in an Aug. 28 preseason game.

The play occurred in the second quarter, when Westmoreland stripped Chiefs tailback Larry Johnson, and there was a scramble for the ball. Wiegmann came in from the side and delivered a helmet-to-helmet blow to Westmoreland, who suffered a concussion and lay motionless on the field for several minutes.

Wiegmann, a ninth-year veteran, was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play. Cleveland safety Robert Griffith, who left the Browns bench to protest the play, also was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct, but he was not fined. Wiegmann is likely to appeal the steep fine.


New England Patriots: The club released nine
players on Friday and signed two, including quarterback Jim Miller,
who was released earlier this week.

Miller, a 10-year veteran who was unable to throw in the preseason after recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, was signed on July 19 after spending
the 2003 season out of football.

The team also signed rookie running back Kory Chapman, an
undrafted free agent from Jacksonville State. He originally signed
with the Baltimore Ravens.

The team released running back Mike Cloud, safety Scott Farley,
linebackers Lawrence Flugence and Grant Steen, tight end Joel
Jacobs, defensive lineman Dwight Johnson, quarterback Kliff
Kingsbury, cornerback Earthwind Moreland, and guard Jamil Soriano.

The team has 65 players on its active roster, including NFL
Europe exemptions, and must cut down to the NFL regular-season
limit of 53 players by 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.