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Ogden injures knee

Baltimore All-Pro tackle Jonathan Ogden sprained his left knee late in the first quarter of the Ravens' 27-17 win over the New York Giants last night in East Rutherford, N.J., and was helped from the field.

Coach Brian Billick said the injury wasn't serious.

"I think J.O. is fine," Billick said. "It's a mild sprain."

Ogden was hurt on a sweep to the left side by Chester Taylor. He was lying on the ground when players from both teams fell over him as his leg was in the air. He was able to get up and was helped from the field.

Lions take their licks
Lions safety Brock Marion bruised his right knee on the opening drive of Detroit's 20-17 exhibition win over the visiting Buffalo Bills.

Marion was helped off the field after he was hit going after a fumble. He was later carted away from the sideline, with an ice pack strapped to his knee. X-rays were negative.

The Lions signed Marion, a three-time Pro Bowler, to a four-year contract during the offseason. The Miami Dolphins released the 11-year veteran to free salary cap space after he had 81 tackles, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles last season. He has missed only one start since 1996 and has started 138 of the 166 games he's played.

Two other Detroit defensive backs, Fernando Bryant (neck stinger) and Rod Babers (shoulder), were injured during Buffalo's possession. Bryant is a starter, and Babers is a reserve competing for a roster spot.

Panthers roll on
One drive was enough for Carolina's Jake Delhomme to get ready for the season. Turns out one quarter wasn't enough for Pittsburgh's Tommy Maddox. Rod Rutherford's 57-yard completion to Eugene Baker in the fourth quarter set up John Kasay's third field goal, and the Carolina Panthers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 16-13, for their second consecutive unbeaten exhibition season. Rutherford, the former Pitt quarterback who is fourth on Carolina's depth chart, started the Panthers' next possession with his deep throw to Baker, and Kasay kicked a 24-yarder five plays later for the game-winner. Carolina tied the game in the third quarter after Chris Weinke hit Keary Colbert on an 87-yard pass play.

Parcells pleased
As much as Bill Parcells liked what his backups did, his starters left plenty to be desired in the Dallas Cowboys' exhibition finale in Irving, Texas. Vinny Testaverde could've had as many interceptions as completions and Eddie George had more carries than yards. Then Tony Romo led the Cowboys on three straight scoring drives and the defense made it hold up in the fourth quarter, giving Dallas a 24-20 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Even in defeat, Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil had to feel good because his starters and their top backups performed well. It was the players lower on the depth chart who let Dallas (3-1) rally and failed to do the same for Kansas City (1-3) . . . Mission accomplished for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Houston Texans: Both sides came out of the preseason finale mostly healthy. Michael Pittman, who got extensive playing time because the Bucs rested starter Charlie Garner, ran for 71 yards on 12 carries and Tampa Bay held Houston to three field goals in a 17-9 victory.

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