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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Baltimore Ravens All-Pro offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden made a surprise appearance Sunday, playing for the first time since the season-opener as he didn’t suffer any setbacks to his turf toe injury.
Days after Ravens coach Brian Billick suggested that the 10-time Pro Bowl selection might be placed on injured reserve if he was unable to play Nov. 5 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ogden participated in two series without incident in a 19-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
"That was the plan, get two series in and just kind of see where it stood," Ogden said. "It was sore, but not terrible. I’m happy to be out there. I was a little tired, but that’s what happens when you don’t play in six weeks.
"I didn’t aggravate it again, so that’s the good thing and I did what I had to do out there. A couple more weeks, and I should be ready to go full-go."
In relief of rookie left tackle Jared Gaither, Ogden walled off Pro Bowl defensive end Aaron Schobel on a few pass-blocking sets. He also knocked down a few linebackers and defensive linemen that got in his way.
There was very little pain involved, according to Ogden, who seemed to have most of his trademark mobility despite standing 6-foot-9 and weighing 345 pounds.
"I was able to complete everything I had to do," Ogden said. "I didn’t struggle with any of my movements, so that was a good thing. I can always take some pain.
"When the pain shuts you down, that’s when you have to say, ‘Whoa.’ But it didn’t shut me down, so I’m very optimistic about the future here."
INJURY UPDATE: Center Mike Flynn left the game in the first half and didn’t return after aggravating his sprained right knee, but doesn’t regard this injury as serious as when he initially hurt it against the San Francisco 49ers.
"I got it tweaked up, it was more of an aggravation," Flynn said. "It wasn’t as violent as the first one. I wanted to see what I could do."
Running back Willis McGahee sat out a few series in the second half due to dehydration that required intravenous fluids, but returned.
"I’m okay," he said. "I’m not sure what it was, but I felt really weak. I was able to get back out there, though."
With McGahee out, rarely-used backup Mike Anderson rushed for no yards on three carries with one catch for two yards.
Safety Ed Reed limped off after taking a helmet to his leg, but returned.
Tight end Quinn Sypniewski, who fumbled in the first half and cut his elbow, declined an interview request, saying he didn’t feel well.
REUNION: It wasn’t nearly as high-profile as McGahee’s rendition of Public Enemy No. 1, but defensive tackle Justin Bannan made his first appearance in Buffalo since departing as a free agent two years ago.
Bannan registered five tackles against the team that drafted him in 2002 in the fifth round.
"Obviously, I have some memories here," Bannan said. "I know Buffalo is a tough place to play. You can throw all the stats out the window when you come here."
Bannan was disappointed that he jumped offsides, one of five false-starts committed by the Ravens.
"That’s a lack of focus," he said. "That’s our fault. I jumped offsides and let our defense down. It’s mistakes like that you can’t have when you’re on the road."
OFFSIDES: Linebacker Bart Scott said that the offsides penalties weren’t because of quarterback Trent Edwards’ cadence.
"He was going on two, nothing spectacular," Scott said. "We’ve got to watch the ball and stay onsides."
Added outside linebacker Terrell Suggs: "You’re going to have penalties, especially when you’re an aggressive defense. A lack of focus really had nothing to do with it. They knew we run a blitz package and a lot of that is built on timing. You slow us down by changing the cadence up. They fooled us a little bit with trickery, but we nipped it in the bud like we always do."
FIRST TIME: Defensive end Dwan Edwards recorded the first sack of his NFL career. The former second-round pick decked Edwards for an eight-yard loss and posted five tackles.
"We got the loss, so that sack doesn’t feel good," Edwards said. "You just have to move on. You can’t dwell on a good play like that when we played this way as a team."
CATCHING ON: With wide receiver Demetrius Williams in and out of the game with a sore knee, backup Devard Darling caught his first pass since his rookie season in 2004 on a 10-yard reception. It was his third career reception.
"It felt real good, I’ve been working real hard and doing good in practice," Darling said. "I had an opportunity and it felt good to get my hands on that ball."
STRUGGLING: Rookie return specialist Yamon Figurs muffed three returns, struggling to deal with the sunlight and windy conditions. By the end of the game, Reed was returning punts.
"Just a little more security back there," Ravens coach Brian Billick said.
Figurs finished with five yards on three punt returns and Reed produced minus-4 yards on two punt returns. Figurs averaged 19.3 yards on three kickoff returns. Anderson returned one for 10 yards.
QUICK HITS: Boller threw three consecutive incompletions after picking up nine yards on a pass to Sypniewski on the Ravens’ final drive. "Obviously, we were trying to get the first down," he said. "One ball was knocked down and the other wasn’t catchable, but we have to be able to convert." … Gaither started his second game and held Schobel to no sacks and one quarterback hit. "I think I played pretty good," said Gaither, a former University of Maryland standout. … The Ravens deactivated quarterback Troy Smith, cornerback Chris McAlister (strained knee), cornerback David Pittman, offensive tackle Adam Terry (sprained left ankle), tight end Daniel Wilcox (sprained toe), tight end Todd Heap (hamstring), defensive end Trevor Pryce (broken wrist) and outside linebacker Edgar Jones.
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.