Practice Report: Jonathan Ogden Attends, Will Get Hall Ring

Posted on November 22, 2013 by Joe Platania

OWINGS MILLS -- If it seems as if former Ravens offensive lineman Jonathan Ogden is everywhere this weekend, you'd be right.

Not only did Ogden attend the Ravens' final practice of the week Nov. 22, but his Hall of Fame bust was also displayed in the Under Armour Performance Center lobby. Plus, it will be at the Sports Legend Museum at Camden Yards this weekend.

On top of everything else, Ogden will be receiving his Hall ring at halftime of the Ravens' game against the New York Jets (1 p.m. Nov. 24; WJZ-TV, WIYY-FM).

It will be the second special observance involving a former Ravens player to take place at M&T Bank Stadium this year, following Ray Lewis' Ring of Honor induction at halftime of the Week Three win against the Houston Texans.

Ogden will be the fifth member of the seven-man Hall Class of 2013 to get his ring. Head coach Bill Parcells, guard/tackle Larry Allen, wide receiver Cris Carter and defensive tackle Warren Sapp have already gotten their rings.

The only players to have not received theirs are Ogden, defensive tackle Curley Culp and linebacker Dave Robinson. They are scheduled to get their rings in early December.

When tight end John Mackey got his Hall ring in 1992, he declined to attend a celebratory observance at an Indianapolis Colts home game, famously declaring, "I played in Baltimore."

Such bluster has been more than matched the past two weeks as far as wind is concerned, and the early forecast for Nov. 24 is a similar one.

Windy conditions are expected to be part of the action for a third straight week; they affected Cincinnati's decision to go for a field goal in overtime, and last week, the 60-mile-per-hour gusts and heavy rains made the Chicago game a mud-splattered affair.

Speaking of the present-day Charm City team, the Ravens' second practice was moved up a few hours to get the players more rest time for the quick turnaround between playing the New York Jets Nov. 24 and the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thanksgiving.

But because the final practice is usually held during the midday hours, no such adjustment was needed.

Nose tackle Haloti Ngata (knee) strode onto the practice field as the sweats-and-shells session began for his first work of the week, although his status is questionable for the Jets game.

Two limited participants, cornerback Lardarius Webb (abdomen) and linebacker Daryl Smith (thigh) were on the field, as were full participants Brandon Stokley (groin) and Marlon Brown (knee).

Head coach John Harbaugh reported that starting left guard Kelechi Osemele, out for the season with back spasms, had successful surgery earlier this week. His recovery time will be a three- to four-month process.

As for tight end Dennis Pitta, who returned to practice this week for the first time since dislocating his hip in July, Harbaugh was noncommittal about his status.

"There's always a chance [Pitta] could play," Harbaugh said. "I don't want to say he will, then he won't, but there's a possibility."

Reportedly feeling better than he has since September, Stokley hasn't played since Week Three's win against Houston; he was temporarily waived from the roster during Week Five before being re-signed.

Like Stokley, Brown was inactive for the Miami game, but also sat out the Nov. 17 weather-ridden overtime loss to Chicago. Brown is tied for third on the team with 27 catches, and he leads the team with five receiving touchdowns.

Webb and Smith are two of five defensive players who have started all 10 games so far this year. The others are linebacker Terrell Suggs, safety James Ihedigbo and cornerback Jimmy Smith.

On offense, another five players have started each week: quarterback Joe Flacco; wideout Torrey Smith; and offensive linemen Gino Gradkowski, Marshal Yanda and Michael Oher.

The Jets have returned 200 tickets to the Ravens, and they are now available through either TicketMaster (410-547-SEAT) or BaltimoreRavens.com.

The Nov. 24 game will also mark the team's annual Family Food and Funds Drive. Cash and non-perishable food donations will be accepted at all gates from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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JOEY P'S TRIVIA TIME: Today's question:

It's time once again for True or False Friday.

The flags at the Under Armour Performance Center were lowered to half-staff to commemorate the 50th anniversary of former President John Kennedy's assassination.

Even though the NFL was roundly criticized for playing its schedule two days after the shooting, the 14-game season and playoffs -- consisting of the title game -- were completed on schedule. 

True or False: The franchise that won the 1963 championship was the one the Ravens just played Nov. 17, the Chicago Bears.

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's column.

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FOR THE BETTOR: According to the wagering Web site Bovada, the Ravens now have as good a chance at winning the Super Bowl as the woebegotten Arizona Cardinals or Miami Dolphins.

The defending champions and the two aforementioned teams are all at 100-1 in the latest look at Super Bowl odds.

Denver (3-1) and Seattle (13-4) have maintained the top two favorites' spots for most of the season. This week, New Orleans (13-2) is right behind them with a pair of teams that played each other Nov. 18, Carolina and New England (11-1), next on the list.

As far as the AFC is concerned, the Ravens are in the middle of the pack with 50-1 odds to win the Lamar Hunt Trophy. Right behind them is their opponent this week, the New York Jets, at 66-1.

Denver is the 11-10 favorite in this category with New England at 17-4.

In the AFC North, Cincinnati is now a prohibitive 1-7 favorite to take its third crown since the division was created in 2002. Pittsburgh is the second favorite at 7-1 with the Ravens at 10-1 and the Cleveland Browns at 14-1.

The AFC champion is set as a one-point favorite at Super Bowl XLVIII. That line opened at one when the season began, then rose to two before declining again.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Leave it to Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees to put a professional football player's job in stark, human terms:

"Very few guys coming out of college, I think, have any idea of what it's really like in professional football -- the amount of attention to detail -- because it's your job.

"… They just come in [and say], 'Yeah, I'm supposed to study.' Then, they find out, 'Yeah, I'm REALLY supposed to study.' " 

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JOEY P'S TRIVIA TIME ANSWER: Here's the question we asked earlier in this column:

It's time once again for True or False Friday.

The flags at the Under Armour Performance Center were lowered to half-staff to commemorate the 50th anniversary of former President John Kennedy's assassination.

Even though the NFL was roundly criticized for playing its schedule two days after the shooting, the 14-game season and playoffs -- consisting of the title game -- were completed on schedule. 

True or False: The franchise that won the 1963 championship was the one the Ravens just played Nov. 17, the Chicago Bears.

ANSWER:

The Bears have won nine total NFL championships, second only to Green Bay's 13, and one of those crowns came between 1946 and Super Bowl XX after the 1985 season.

That lone championship came in 1963 with a win against the New York Giants, so our statement is true.

The Bears were paced by an aggressive defense, which allowed 10.4 points per game, a mark the 2000 Ravens nearly matched 37 years later, when they yielded 10.5 per contest during a 16-game schedule.

During two games against the Baltimore Colts, the 1963 Bears won both by a combined score of 27-10.

The teams collided during Week Four at Wrigley Field, with the Bears overcoming Jim Martin's field goal and notching a 10-3, come-from-behind win. Four weeks later at Memorial Stadium, the Bears got out to a 14-0 lead and won, 17-7, despite a Lenny Moore 25-yard touchdown run.

The 1963 American Football League championship game featured the Boston Patriots, a team hailing from the same area as the slain president. The Patriots lost to the San Diego Chargers, 51-10.

Joe Platania is in his 20th season covering professional football.

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