-- The Baltimore Ravens are still waiting to see how the left knee of tackle Jonathan Ogden improves, and continue to hope that he will be able to play in the season opener Sunday at Cleveland.
"He moved around a little more today," Coach Brian Billick said of Ogden, who sprained his medial collateral ligament in the first quarter of the final preseason game Thursday. "It was better today than it was yesterday; hopefully he'll be a lot better by week's end."
As Ogden recovers, the Ravens' defense is healthy. Linebacker Ed Hartwell and defensive end Anthony Weaver, who missed the final preseason game with minor injuries, are back. Defensive tackle Marques Douglas dislocated his elbow Aug. 18 and was initially expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks, but he returned to practice last week and will play Sunday.
Deion Sanders has been with the Ravens for only about a week, and already the cornerback is creating a stir. In an ESPN interview with friend and former teammate Michael Irvin, Sanders dared Cleveland quarterback Jeff Garcia to try to throw his way. "I don't think he called him out. He just said, 'Bring it on this way,' " Billick said. "You've got to play with confidence back there. I'm sure now that since he's with Baltimore, saying that adds a whole other dimension to it. It'll probably be my fault."
Practice Squad Signings
The Ravens signed eight players to their practice squad, including six who were with the team during training camp. Wide receiver Todd Devoe, cornerback Lance Frazier, tackle Tony Pashos, tight end Brett Pierce, tackle Brian Rimps and center Lenny Vandermede were among the Ravens' final cuts Sunday, but were brought back. Baltimore also signed wide receiver-return specialist Freddie Milons, a fifth-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2002, and defensive lineman David Upchurch, who spent the 2003 season on the Pittsburgh Steelers' practice squad. Upchurch was named All-Met as a tight end at Eleanor Roosevelt High in 1997 and was a three-year starter at West Virginia.