Ravens' Sanders upgraded to questionable

OWINGS MILLS - Baltimore Ravens nickel back Deion Sanders was upgraded from doubtful to questionable on the injury report. <br><br> However, the 37-year-old missed a portion of practice Thursday as he continues to work through the hamstring he strained against the Pittsburgh Steelers.<br><br> Nevertheless, Ravens coach Brian Billick said he's optimistic about Sanders' availability for Monday night's game against the winless Kansas City Chiefs.

"It feels great and is progressing well," Sanders said.

Sanders returned punts along with rookie B.J. Sams during practice and didn't appear to have lost mobility.

After complaining a week ago about his infrequent appearances due to the nature of his situational position, Sanders said he would ride a bicycle on the sideline to stay warmed up.

As for whether this nationally-televised game means more to "Prime Time" than last week's 23-9 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, Sanders shook his head.

"Every game is a prime time, every game is a big game," Sanders said.

Through three games, Sanders has recorded one tackle and one pass deflection in limited action. He took umbrage at a suggestion that this was a stage to prove he isn't past his prime.

"I don't have to prove anything to anybody," Sanders said. "You have to be kidding me. I wanted to come back to play football. Through the limited time that I have played and even in practice, you can see that I can still play football."

TRAINING ROOM: Nose guard Kelly Gregg (knee) was upgraded from doubtful to questionable along with linebacker T.J. Slaughter (hamstring).

Gregg is expected to play against the Chiefs' massive offensive line a few weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

"It's huge in terms of his quickness, what he does to the run," Billick said. "Everybody knows what Kelly's about and how he affects our defense."

Center Mike Flynn (broken collarbone) and tight end Todd Heap (ankle) have been ruled out, and offensive tackle Ethan Brooks (knee), fullback Ovie Mughelli (hamstring) and receiver Travis Taylor (groin) are all doubtful.

The Chiefs' most notable injury is a questionable listing for wide receiver Eddie Kennison (hamstring). Easily, the most unusual injury to date this season is renowned return man Dante Hall being probable with a lip problem.

QUICK HITS: Jamal Lewis was named the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week for his 186-yard game against the Bengals. Billick indicated that outside linebacker Peter Boulware, who's on the physically unable to perform list after off-season knee surgery, is progressing well. … Former Ravens running back Priest Holmes said he gave the Super Bowl ring he earned with Baltimore to his father, who's stationed overseas in Iraq. "Right now, it looks like he's going to be coming back as early as January depending on the election," Holmes said. … Retired defensive end Michael McCrary will be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor at halftime Monday. … "Just a dream to have him on this team," Billick said. "He had a constant motor and a huge passion for the game."

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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