Ravens hurting at tight end spot


Statuses of injured Heap, Wilcox won't be known until game time

October 06, 2007|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Sun Reporter

Ravens coach Brian Billick said after yesterday's practice that the playing statuses of tight ends Todd Heap and Dan Wilcox, Heap's backup, will be game-time decisions.

Neither Heap (thigh) nor Wilcox (foot) participated for the third straight day during the early morning practice yesterday. Heap went to the training room immediately after practice and was unavailable for comment.

The Ravens might be forced to play with only one tight end, Quinn Sypniewski, tomorrow against the San Francisco 49ers at Monster Park.

"One tight end, that's limited," Billick said. "We're a little banged up at receiver as well, so that stretches you. No question, it affects you."

Still adjusting

Linebacker Bart Scott is playing a different role compared with a year ago, but he might get back to being his old self once defensive end Trevor Pryce returns from a wrist injury.

"I'm not blitzing as much and dropping more into coverage," Scott said. "I'm not attack blitzing, just more run blitzing.

"I've got like a bull's-eye on my chest because teams are sliding their lines to me because they know I'm the attacking linebacker. We'll see what happens when Trevor comes back because he'll draw a double team, and it will free some people up."

Still missing

The Ravens' problems in the secondary have raised questions about second-year cornerback David Pittman.

He started two games in the preseason and played well, but he has played only on special teams during the regular season. Will he play against the 49ers, possibly replacing cornerback Corey Ivy?

"We'll see. I think everybody who's up is going to play," Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan said. "It depends on their situation, how many receivers they want to put in the game. If they want to play with one receiver, which they do sometimes, then obviously one or two [corners will play]. But he could get in there."

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