Ogden won't play this week, trying for early return
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens left tackle Jonathan Ogden is expected to miss three to four weeks with a pulled left hamstring, although the 2003 All-Pro player intends to shorten his absence by adhering to a rigorous rehabilitation program.
"They say three to four weeks, but we'll see," Ogden said Wednesday. "Doing different things, who knows, maybe I can get back sooner than expected. I'm pushing to get healthy as soon as possible."
Ogden is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the unbeaten Philadelphia Eagles, but he said there's no way he can play.
The Ravens will also be without All-Pro running back Jamal Lewis, who has been suspended for violating the NFL substance abuse policy. Baltimore also will likely play without Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heap, who has been sidelined since the second week of the season with a sprained ankle.
Six-foot-9, 345-pound Ogden got hurt during the fourth quarter of a 20-6 victory over Buffalo on Sunday. He had to be helped from the field and did not return.
An MRI exam revealed a pull, which is worse than a strain but less serious than a tear.
Ogden played in every game since the beginning of the 2001 season before missing this year's opener in Cleveland with a knee injury -- a game Baltimore lost 20-3. He has never before pulled a hamstring, so he's uncertain how long he will be sidelined.
"People who have had them say it takes a little while to get back. I'll just see where I go with it," he said. "My goal is to be able to get back as fast as possible. Never having done this before, I don't really know what the timetable is."
Ogden didn't practice Wednesday but received aggressive treatment. He was on crutches Monday but is now able to walk without them, albeit with a limp.
"I'm getting treatment three, four times a day and continually doing things at home," he said. "I'm just trying to do everything I can to get back as fast humanly possible.
"I need to be able to move, push off and be able to run," he said.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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