Pro Bowl tackle Jonathan Ogden did not practice Wednesday and will almost certainly sit out the Baltimore Ravens’ game Sunday against Buffalo with a hyperextended left big toe.

Ogden missed his first game of the season last weekend in Pittsburgh and was listed as doubtful on Wednesday’s injury report.

“It’s getting a lot better,” he said. “I have no idea about this week, but one thing is for sure: I’ll be back for the playoffs. That’s the plan.”

Ogden was replaced last week by second-year player Adam Terry, who practiced with the first-team offense Wednesday and anticipates starting again Sunday.

“It’s what I’m here for,” Terry said. “I expect that all the time. I’m one play away. It’s the reality of the situation. You go in when they need you.”

The Ravens (12-3) need a victory Sunday to guarantee the No. 2 seed in the AFC and a first-round bye. It’s an important game, but Baltimore is even more interested in making sure Ogden is healthy for the playoffs.

By giving him another week off, that would mean Ogden would have at least two weeks – plus a possible bye week – to heal.

“It’s always really huge to have a bye,” Ogden said. “If we didn’t have one, I’d still foresee me being able to go, but a bye would really make things a whole lot easier on me.”


Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme practiced Wednesday for the first time in more than three weeks and could play in the Panthers’ regular-season finale against New Orleans.

Delhomme, sidelined since suffering ligament damage in his right thumb in Carolina’s loss to Philadelphia on Dec. 4, had been unable to grip a football. But he was able to throw Wednesday and worked with the first team. He’s listed as questionable for Sunday’s must-win for the Panthers’ to have a chance to reach the playoffs.

Chris Weinke has struggled filling in for Delhomme in the past three games. Carolina ended its four-game losing streak with a 10-3 win over Atlanta by running the ball a team-record 52 times. Weinke threw only seven passes, completing four for 32 yards and a touchdown.


Washington placed cornerback Shawn Springs on injured reserve and released cornerback Mike Rumph.

Springs broke the scapula in his right shoulder in the first series of Sunday’s loss to St. Louis, ending a frustrating season for the 10-year veteran. Springs missed the first five games following abdominal surgery and missed another game with a hamstring injury.


Kicker Rian Lindell agreed to a five-year contract extension, preventing him from becoming an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

The deal, worth close to $10 million, was reached this week, Lindell’s agent Paul Sheehy said Wednesday. Lindell is a seven-year veteran in his fourth season with Buffalo, solidifying a job that had been in flux since Steve Christie was released during the 2001 season.


Center Rich Braham will retire after the final regular-season game Sunday, ending a career that spanned 13 seasons and had him snapping to six starting quarterbacks.

Braham, 36, has the longest tenure of any current Bengals player. He hasn’t played since injuring a knee during the second game of the season.

He is not expected to play Sunday when the Bengals (8-7) finish their regular season against Pittsburgh. Coach Marvin Lewis said Braham will be honored on the field before the game.

Braham is one of only six players with at least 13 seasons in Cincinnati. He was a walk-on at West Virginia, where he developed into a starting left tackle, and was taken in the third round by Arizona in 1994. The Bengals claimed him off waivers during his rookie season, and he has played the rest of his career in Cincinnati.

Braham moved from left guard to center in 1999.


Safety Deon Grant missed practice Wednesday because of a hamstring injury and was listed as doubtful for the season finale at Kansas City.

Running back Fred Taylor returned to practice after missing last week’s game against New England and could be back in the starting lineup.

“I feel good. I feel pretty good actually,” Taylor said.

Taylor, who has 1,120 yards rushing and five touchdowns, hurt his right hamstring against Indianapolis on Dec. 10 and aggravated the injury on his second carry the following week at Tennessee.

Grant injured his hamstring early in the second half against the Patriots on Sunday, pulling up lame on Tom Brady’s 22-yard touchdown pass to David Thomas. If he can’t play, rookie Jamaal Fudge probably would make his first start. Fudge spent the first 10 weeks on the practice squad and was signed to the active roster Nov. 20, two days before Donovin Darius sustained a season-ending knee injury.

The Jaguars also ruled out reserve offensive lineman Stockar McDougle for Sunday’s game with a sternum injury.


The NFC’s offensive player of the week isn’t thinking about anything but the playoffs.

“Those awards are gratifying but there’s bigger business to take care of right now,” running back Steven Jackson said. “I’ll reflect back on all this after the season. Right now, I’m focusing on beating Minnesota and hopefully sneaking into the playoffs.”

To reach the playoffs, the Rams (7-8) must defeat the Vikings on the road and have the Giants, Panthers and Falcons all lose or tie.

In a 37-31 overtime win against Washington, Jackson, in his third season out of Oregon State, rushed for 150 yards on 33 carries and grabbed six passes for 102 yards. In doing so, he became the first Ram to have more than 100 yards rushing and receiving in a game.

In the win, Jackson scored twice: a 64-yard reception and a 21-yard gallop in overtime for the winning points.

“Statisticallywise, it may have been my best game of the season,” Jackson said, “but I just don’t look at the numbers. I make sure I protect Marc (Bulger) and do the intangible things my coach asks me to do.”

Jackson has 2,168 yards from scrimmage this season, first in the NFC, second in the NFL. Jackson has 1,386 yards rushing (third NFC, fifth NFL), the most by a Ram since Jerome Bettis’ 1,429 yards in 1993.

He earned his first Pro Bowl berth this season and leads the Rams with 88 receptions, second in the NFC, fifth in the NFL. His 88 receptions are a Rams record for a running back.

“I think I’m developing as a player and as a man, coming into my own,” Jackson said. “I’m a guy not only working on making myself better, but the other people around me. It’s a team sport and whatever I accomplish, my teammates accomplish.”


The secondary, which has struggled even when healthy, will face Peyton Manning on Sunday depleted by injuries.

The Dolphins placed starting cornerback Andre Goodman (shoulder) and reserve cornerback Eddie Jackson (knee) on injured reserve. Both players were hurt in Monday’s loss to the New York Jets.

In addition, starting safety Renaldo Hill (wrist) and reserve safety Travares Tillman (hamstring) are questionable. Manning is certain to make note of the disarray in the Dolphins’ defense.

“It’s definitely a challenge,” Hill said. “Don’t count us out. Whoever is out there is going to do their best job. It’s a great opportunity for everybody, going against a future Hall of Famer.”

Travis Daniels will start in place of Goodman. Miami signed safety Norman LeJeune and cornerback Shirdonya Mitchell off the practice squad.

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