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OWINGS MILLS — As the Baltimore Ravens cut six players Monday and designated that injured linebackers Dan Cody and Mike Smith will remain sidelined when the season begins, there’s still no determination on when All-Pro offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden will suit up.
Ogden remains on the physically unable to perform list with a left turf toe injury he suffered last season. Although he has made progress and increased his activity, he still hasn’t practiced and has been noncommittal on when he might return.
The Ravens open the season against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 10, and there’s a small possibility that Ogden might not be ready to play.
While there has been buzz about Ogden returning to practice as soon as this week, he would likely need to get on the field as soon as today or Wednesday in order to play limited snaps Friday against the Atlanta Falcons.
The Carolina Panthers’ orthopedist, a specialist, told the 10-time Pro Bowl selection that he wouldn’t require surgery, but would need four to six months to recover from his injury. Although Ogden played in a playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts after missing the last two games, he needed a pain-killer to get through it and the big toe got worse.
Ogden pondered retiring, but decided to return for at least one more season.
Rookie offensive tackle Jared Gaither, a 6-foot-9, 350-pounder who was picked in the supplemental draft out of the University of Maryland, would continue to start at left tackle if Ogden is unable to play.
ROSTER MOVES: The Ravens placed Cody (knee surgery) and Smith (shoulder surgery) on the physically unable to perform list for the regular season, meaning they will miss at least the first six weeks of the season.
Offensive tackle Steve Edwards (torn meniscus) was placed on injured reserve, ending his season.
Meanwhile, Baltimore cut quarterback Drew Olson, safety Bobby Blackshire, punter Brendan Carney, long snapper Nick Leeson, cornerback Terrell Maze and running back Greg Pruitt Jr.
"I feel for those guys," linebacker Bart Scott said. "I was one of those guys checking my locker, worrying if my phone was going to ring or if someone was going to knock on my door and tell me to turn in my playbook.
"This is the sad part. To see those guys lose their dream opportunity, it’s hard.â€
INJURY UPDATE: Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (knee) returned to practice along with tight end Daniel Wilcox (sprained ankle), linebacker Prescott Burgess (concussion, shoulder) and defensive end Trevor Pryce (back spasms).
Not practicing: safety Ed Reed (thigh bruise), cornerback Samari Rolle (sprained ankle), wide receiver Mark Clayton (sprained ankle), running back P.J. Daniels (hamstring) and linebacker Antwan Barnes (sprained ankle).
Rolle ran sprints on his own in the end zone. Barnes wore a protective walking boot, but expects to play Friday.
SADDENED: Ravens receivers coach Mike Johnson said he was personally affected by embattled Falcons quarterback Michael Vick’s serious troubles due to his admitted involvement in an illegal dogfighting enterprise.
Johnson coached Vick as the Falcons’ quarterbacks coach from 2002 to 2005.
"It saddens you because I like him as a person," Johnson said Monday following Vick’s guilty plea and public apology. "I knew nothing about it, and I’m just saddened that he put himself in that situation. It’s just disheartening.
"He has to pay a price for that. I’m more concerned with how he is as a person, as a man, as a father after he pays that price."
The Ravens were reluctant to discuss Vick, and Scott changed the subject humorously with outlandish praise of former Baltimore fullback Ovie Mughelli, whom Atlanta signed to a six-year, $18 million contract.
"They got the Nigerian Nightmare, the No. 1 offseason acquisition," Scott said. "Vick is such a great athlete, but that Ovie Mughelli has a lot of good athleticism at 270 pounds. Ovie is a unique talent from Africa. He’s been doing his thing. He’s oozing with machismo."
QUICK HITS: Nose guard Kelly Gregg was pleased with his preseason debut, registering four tackles in a 13-7 loss to the Washington Redskins after returning from nagging knee and thigh injuries. "I was a little rusty, but it felt good," he said. "As soon as I get this tape off, I can play full speed." â€¦ Defensive tackle Atiyyah Ellison missed Saturday’s game because his newborn son remains hospitalized with a blood disorder. "He got pretty bad, but he’s doing much better now," Ellison said. … Ravens coach Brian Billick lamented the lost evaluation time caused by the weather-abbreviated game that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell halted early in the third quarter. "That hurt," Billick said. "Ben Grubbs got five snaps and he was set to go the whole second half. We have to find a way to make it up, and we’ll do it this week."
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.