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
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