After weeks of speculation, Ravens left tackle Jonathan Ogden will start in their season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Ogden was held out of nearly the entire training camp with a toe injury that shelved him for two games last season. In the week of practices leading up to the Cincinnati game, the 10-time Pro Bowler worked with a heavily-taped left foot to protect his toe, but that tape came off for Friday and Saturday’s sessions.
The Ravens were prepared to go without their first-ever draft pick by moving Adam Terry to the left side from his typical spot at right tackle and moving rookie tackle Marshal Yanda to the first string.
The only person that could have made the call was Ogden himself. Walking off the field Thursday afternoon, the lineman admitted that even he wasn’t sure if he would be ready for kickoff.
“I don’t know yet,” he told Baltimore’s media. “If I knew, I would say that I know but I’m not telling you. I just don’t know.”
The news of Ogden’s participation bodes well for the Ravens’ rushing attack, which is looking to start off on a positive note with the addition of Willis McGahee to the backfield. In addition, quarterback Steve McNair said that he was sleeping easier with the prospect of No. 75 in the lineup.
“That should give us a boost up front,” he said this week. “To go out and just execute as a quarterback, you just want to feel comfortable, you want to feel faith from your back side. And J.O. gives me that confidence.”