Taylor, Flynn on their way back

OWINGS MILLS - The Baltimore Ravens appear to have regained the services of wide receiver Travis Taylor and center Mike Flynn after prolonged stays on the injury report, but Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heap remains a question mark.

While Taylor practiced Sunday after missing the last four games with a groin injury and Flynn took part in some team drills after breaking his collarbone during training camp, Heap ran on his own without incident.

It's unclear if the Ravens' top downfield target will be available next Sunday against the Buffalo Bills after spraining his ankle against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he'll likely be listed as questionable.

"Todd's the one that I'm least optimistic about, but I don't know that yet," Ravens coach Brian Billick said. "We'll have to see what Wednesday shows."

Heap said he didn't know what his outlook held.

Flynn said his collarbone felt much better, and another X-ray today will likely determine whether he can take part fully in contact drills and play Sunday. Flynn has been able to hit the blocking sled.

"It felt good, but it's hard for me to tell," Flynn said. "I'm hoping I can start practicing Monday."

Taylor caught one pass for five yards against the Cleveland Browns before he aggravated a groin injury incurred during the first week of training camp.

Taylor said he didn't know if he would regain his starting position at split end in place of Randy Hymes, who has caught a team-high 16 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns for the last-ranked passing game in the NFL.

Taylor's last full football game was last January's playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans.

"I'm back," said Taylor, who's in the final year of his contract. "It's really good to get started. I haven't played a full game in a year now and it's definitely wearing on me.

"It's frustrating to a certain point. I just want to go out there and make some plays."

QUICK HITS: Rookie return specialist B.J. Sams leads the league in punt returns with a 14.8 average, including touchdowns each of the last two games against the Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins.

… The Ravens' receivers have caught 62 passes for 650 yards and two touchdowns compared to opponents' 90 catches for 1045 yards and five touchdowns.

…The Ravens have gained 73 first downs to opponents' 87, with 37 coming on the ground and 29 through the air.

… Second-year quarterback Kyle Boller is averaging 5.96 yards per attempt and has a 61.3 passer rating, 30th among NFL starters.

… Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, last year's NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, has five sacks. The former Arizona State star turned 22 the day after the Ravens' 17-10 win over the Redskins.

… Veteran kicker Matt Stover hasn't missed a kick this season, connecting on seven field goals and 10 extra points for 31 points.

… Cornerback Gary Baxter, who's set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, joked about the opulence of the new training complex financed by owner Steve Bisciotti, saying, "I hope he puts some money into me."

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times and Ravensinsiders.com


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