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Lewis MRI shows no tear of triceps; Ogden's toe hurting; McNair uncertain

9/12/2007 - NFL Ray Lewis Baltimore Ravens + more

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens left tackle
Jonathan Ogden will almost certainly miss Sunday's game against the New York
Jets, and the status of injured quarterback Steve McNair remained
uncertain Wednesday as the team began preparing for its home
opener.

But middle linebacker Ray Lewis declared himself ready to go
despite injuring his right triceps on the Ravens' opening
defensive play Monday night in a 27-20 loss to Cincinnati.

An MRI revealed no tear to the main muscle of Lewis' right triceps, ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reported Wednesday afternoon.

Reports after Monday night's game indicated that Lewis had torn one of his triceps muscles. Lewis, asked after the game by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley if his triceps was torn, said: "Yeah, I think it is."

"My arm feels so much better," said Lewis, who did not
participate in the practice session. "It feels great. The pain is
there, of course ... but I'm actually fine."

Ogden aggravated his hyperextended left big toe in the first
half Monday and did not play in the second half. He was very
pessimistic about facing the Jets (0-1).

"I doubt it. I don't think there's any way I can play," the
10-time Pro Bowler said. "You never know. Miracles have occurred
before, but..."

Ogden originally hurt the toe in December. Asked if he expected
to return sometime this season, he replied, "I am confident of
that. It's a little disheartening, the situation right now, but at
the same time I'm going to keep a positive outlook and hope I can
get myself out there. We're just going to have to see how it
goes."

There was no uncertainty surrounding kick returner B.J. Sams,
who was placed on injured reserve Wednesday after tearing ligaments
in his knee during a runback against the Bengals.

Rookie Yamon Figurs will take over the return chores. He will be
backed up by 5-foot-6 Cory Ross, who was activated from the
practice squad to fill Sams' place on the roster.

McNair was pulled in the fourth quarter against the Bengals with
a groin injury, and coach Brian Billick could not guess whether
McNair or backup Kyle Boller would start against the Jets.

McNair wasn't too sure, either.

"I think the soreness is kind of going away. I'm getting
treatment three or four times a day," he said. "Hopefully every
day gets better and hopefully I can get out there on Sunday and
play. That's my goal. That's my ultimate thing. I've been through
this before, as far as injury-wise not participating much in
practice and then playing and playing well. If it comes down to it,
that's what I'll do."

McNair acknowledged that he may not know if he can play until
Sunday afternoon.

"The plan going in is to see how it progresses through the
course of the week and see how well it gets," he said.

McNair said the injury occurred during Baltimore's first series.
He tried to make it to the end, but finally gave up because he
figured the Ravens could move the ball better with Boller taking
the snaps.

"I got hit on the first pass, I think, when the guy twisted me
around. I tried to suffer it out for three-and-a-half quarters,"
McNair said. "I think later and later, it just got stiffer and
stiffer and a lot sorer. My ball was sailing a lot. I figured that
we still had a chance to win the ballgame. I think that we made the
right decision to bring Kyle in. We just got a couple of bad breaks
in the end, but overall we wouldn't have put ourselves in that
position if it wasn't for all the turnovers we had."

The Ravens committed six turnovers, including four by McNair.

McNair, Lewis, Ogden, cornerback Samari Rolle (foot), linebacker
Gary Stills (chest) and tight end Dan Wilcox (ankle) did not
practice Wednesday. Wide receivers Mark Clayton (toe) and Demetrius
Williams (chest) saw limited action.

Information from The Associated Press is included in this report