Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Michael Oher is moving around better
By Jamison Hensley
If you listen to Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher, it sounds like he's questionable for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. But when you watch Oher walk across the locker room, you can see a lot of improvement since he injured his ankle in Thursday's season opener.
Oher was injured when guard Marshal Yanda rolled into his leg in the second quarter and he didn't return. He isn't wearing a brace and he doesn't have much of a limp anymore.
"I'm doing the best I can to get to 100 percent," Oher said Wednesday before practice. "It definitely hurt me pretty good. I'm getting a lot of treatment. Hopefully, I can go Sunday."
Oher has never missed a game in his NFL career. He has played in 65 straight regular-season games, which is tied for the third-longest streak on the Ravens. It ranks behind punter Sam Koch (113) and quarterback Joe Flacco (81).
"I work hard to be out there every Sunday for the team," Oher said. "But this is one of the worst sprains that I've had."
Oher added: "I want to be out there for the team. Also, it's a long season and I want to be healthy at the end of the year as well."
If Oher plays, he will block former teammate Paul Kruger, who was drafted in the same 2009 class as Oher.
If Oher can't play, the Ravens have a couple of options. They could start rookie Rick Wagner, who struggled in the season opener in Oher's spot, or they could start Jah Reid at left guard and move Kelechi Osemele to right tackle.