TE Todd Heap says he 'can't say right now' if he'll play Sunday

September 15, 2010|By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun

Two days after straining his shoulder, tight end Todd Heap said he "can't say right now" whether he's going to play Sunday at the Cincinnati Bengals.

"I'm preparing like I am playing," said Heap, who didn't practice Wednesday.

Heap injured his shoulder on a 35-yard outstretched catch late in the fourth quarter that helped the Ravens hold onto a 10-9 victory at the New York Jets. He had lost the pass in the lights at New Meadowlands Stadium and dove for the ball at the last second to make his longest catch in three years.

"It's obviously sore," said Heap, who had a team-high 11 passes thrown in his direction. "We're taking it day by day to see how it goes. I expect it to get better soon."

Webb not on injury report

The most notable omission on the Ravens' injury report was cornerback Lardarius Webb, who missed the season opener because of his surgically repaired knee.

This seems to be an indication that Webb will be available to play Sunday. He was activated off the physically-unable-to-perform list Aug. 23 but he didn't play in the final two preseason games.

"Physically, he's far along," coach John Harbaugh said before practice. "Is he quite there yet? I don't know. We'll just have to see how it goes this week. It's a balancing act between where the knee is structurally — which it's in really good shape — and where he's at mentally."

Cody aiming to reurn

Rookie nose tackle Terrence Cody is aiming to play at Cincinnati after returning to practice Wednesday.

The highest 2010 draft pick on the roster, Cody hadn't practiced since Aug. 25 because he had arthroscopic surgery to repair torn meniscus in his left knee.

"Yeah, I should be able to play this week," said Cody, the 57th overall pick in the draft. "I wouldn't say close to 100 percent, but it's getting there."

Harbaugh said Cody seems to be getting better. Cody was limited in practice.

"Will he play? I don't know," Harbaugh said. "It'll be day by day."

Ravens re-sign Miller

The Ravens re-signed cornerback Prince Miller, who could become a backup option if Tom Zbikowski continues to struggle returning punts.

Harbaugh was vague when asked about Miller's chances of contributing as a returner. "Obviously, that's part of our deal with that," he said. "Whether he can do that this week, I don't know and I probably wouldn't give it to you anyway."

Zbikowski has taken some heat when he tried to return a punt from his own 5-yard line in the season opener. But Miller, who was cut by the Ravens on Sept. 5, wasn't perfect either, fumbling a punt in the preseason finale.

There were no signs that Zbikowski has lost any confidence. "We have much bigger worries than returning punts," he said about this week's game in Cincinnati.

The Ravens released cornerback Bryan McCann, who was inactive for Week 1, after signing Miller from the Patriots' practice squad. Under NFL rules, the Ravens have to keep Miller on the 53-man roster for at least three weeks.

D. Reed's 'special' debut

Over half of the Ravens' tackles on special teams on Monday night were collected by rookie wide receiver David Reed. The four stops by the fifth-round pick did not go unnoticed.

"I tell you, he's come a long way with that," Harbaugh said. "He never did it before. He really struggled early in the OTAs [organized team activities]. He was kind of getting his rear end handed to him early on, and then all of a sudden, about halfway through camp, he started flipping that. [He] started handing people theirs a little bit, especially in the last two weeks in practice. It showed up in the last preseason game, and then it showed up again yesterday. He did a nice job."

Flacco on the fumble

Joe Flacco was asked if he was hurt after getting sandwiched by two Jets players on his first play of the season. The Ravens quarterback shook his head.

"It hurts to see that I fumbled the ball," he said. "I don't really care too much about the hit, but it hurts to see me fumbling and them recovering."

With no full off day after playing a game on Monday night, Flacco is still feeling the effects of the Jets game.

"I'm a little sore in my upper body and my neck, but I feel good," Flacco said. "My legs feel good and my arm feels great. So, I'm ready to go."

Odom expected to play

Antwan Odom's availability is considered week to week because the Bengals pass rusher is appealing his four-game suspension for a positive test for a banned substance. Odom had eight sacks in the first three games last season.

When a reporter asked Harbaugh about the impact of Odom playing, Harbaugh smiled and replied coyly, "Is he going to be in this game? Darn. I still had my hopes up for that."

End zone

For the second straight week, the Ravens ruled out offensive tackle Jared Gaither (back) and wide receiver Donte' Stallworth (foot). Besides Cody, middle linebacker Ray Lewis (foot), wide receiver Anquan Boldin (thigh) and outside linebacker Jarret Johnson (back) were limited in practice but all are expected to play. … The Bengals reported two injured starters: linebacker Keith Rivers (foot) didn't practice and running back Cedric Benson (shoulder) was limited. … Miller is now wearing No. 30. His old No. 22 is being worn by safety Ken Hamlin, who took it after Miller was cut. … The Ravens re-signed quarterback Hunter Cantwell to the practice squad and released offensive tackle Andrew Gardner. The team cut Cantwell a week ago when it signed Gardner.

jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

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Baltimore Sun reporters Edward Lee and Ken Murray contributed to this article

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