Oher hopes to play despite bad ankle sprain

Oher hopes to play despite bad ankle sprain
September 11, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Ravens starting right tackle Michael Oher remained hopeful he would play Sunday, despite saying that his right ankle sprain was a bad one.

Oher was walking pretty well in the locker room Wednesday, but said he was continuing rehab, trying to ready himself for Sunday. Oher suffered the injury during the second quarter of last week’s loss to the Broncos, and he did not return to the game.

“I’m just rehabbing and doing the best I can to get back to 100 percent,” Oher said. “It’s definitely hurting me pretty good, pretty bad, so I’m just getting a lot of treatment and trying to stay on top of it. Hopefully I can go Sunday. I work hard to be out there every Sunday for the team, but this is one of the worst sprains I’ve had.”

Oher has been extremely durable, making 65 consecutive starts since the Ravens drafted him in 2009. However, Oher said this injury could have easily been worse, after teammate Marshal Yanda rolled onto Oher’s leg during Ray Rice’s touchdown run.

“Looking at it [the play] on film, I definitely got let off the hook, got lucky, and I just thank the man above,” Oher said. “I want to be out there for the team, but it’s a long season, and I want to be healthy at the end of the year as well.”

A positive sign was that Oher was on the field during the early portion of Wednesday's practice that was open to the media. He was able to jog, and he was working with the first team offense.

Unless Oher has a setback, he appears on track to play.

If Oher can’t go, fifth-round rookie Rick Wagner figures to make his first start. Wagner had some struggles after entering the game in Denver, but believed he would benefit from seeing action last week.

“It was good experience, and I’m just preparing myself to play, like I do every week,’’ Wagner said. However, the Ravens hope Oher’s consecutive game streak will continue.