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OWINGS MILLS — Baltimore Ravens All-Pro offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden is expected to open training camp on the physically unable to perform list, a designation that isn’t expected to prevent him from being on the field Sept. 10 when the regular season opens against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Ogden is still recovering from a hyperextended left big toe. Although the injury didn’t require surgery as the tendon didn’t detach from the bone, Ogden was held out of all minicamp activities.
Ogden, who pondered retirement during the offseason, said in June that specialist Robert Anderson, the Carolina Panthers’ team orthopedist, informed him that the injury would entail four to six months of recovery time.
Under NFL rules, the Ravens would have to keep Ogden out for the first six weeks if he’s not activated off the injured list by the end of the preseason.
A year ago, Ogden missed training camp for personal reasons while grieving his father’s death. He still had a strong season and was selected for his 10th consecutive Pro Bowl.
Ogden missed the final two regular-season contests, but started and played without incident in the Ravens’ 15-6 playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts. However, he required a pain-killer to play in that game without severe discomfort, according to teammates.
Meanwhile, other candidates for the PUP list are linebackers Dan Cody and Mike Smith and fullback Justin Green.
Cody is probably the team’s biggest injury question mark heading into training camp. He’s trying to rehab from a hyperextended knee and has a loose, thumb-sized piece of cartilage to contend with. It’s unclear at this point if he’s going to need surgery.
The Ravens are unlikely to determine a course of action for Cody until he takes a physical when players report to training camp Sunday in Westminster. Cody has ended each of the past two seasons on injured reserve with knee injuries since being drafted in the second round of the 2005 NFL draft.
"My knee is coming along, but it still has to heal up," Cody said when minicamp concluded in June. "I’ve been waiting for a long while, and it’s unfortunate that I have to keep waiting. You never want to get used to being hurt, but it’s part of the business.
"Everybody has been supportive, but it has been the same song for so damn long. People are kind of getting used to me being hurt. I’m putting my heart and soul into getting back on the field. Everybody is ready to see me healthy. So, it’s time for that to happen."
Cody and his agent, Drew Rosenahaus, didn’t return telephone calls.
Green remains on track to recover from a knee injury that included damage to his anterior cruciate ligament and patellar tendon. He has been rehabbing diligently and working his way through scar tissue to regain flexibility and explosiveness. Green is competing with rookie Le’Ron McClain for a starting job.
â€œItâ€™s all really coming back to me,â€ Green said. â€œIâ€™m teaching my leg in six months what it took me 25 years to get. Iâ€™m very happy with the results.â€
Smith was sidelined during minicamps as he recuperated from surgery for a dislocated shoulder he suffered last season against the Tennessee Titans.
NOTES: Return specialist Yamon Figurs’ three-year, $1.694 million contract included a $579,000 signing bonus. Quarterback Troy Smith’s three-year, $1.22 million contract included a $105,000 signing bonus. … The Ravens cut a pair of undrafted free agents: quarterback Cullen Finnerty (Grand Valley State) and kicker James Wilhoit (Tennessee).
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.