Wednesday Ravens Notes

Todd Heap says that there's a slight chance he could play Sunday, Jamal Lewis visits the training room, Anthony Wright practices for the first time and much more in Aaron's Wednesday notes.

TRAINING ROOM: Tight end Todd Heap practiced for the first time since spraining his ankle against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and, afterward, said there's a slight chance he could play Sunday.

"There could be a chance, yes, but we'll have to see how it progresses," said Heap, acknowledging that cutting gives him the most difficulty.

Heap is listed as questionable. He was able to catch passes and take part in a limited portion of practice.

"It felt decent," Heap said. "I'm sick of being in the training room getting treatment."

Quarterback Anthony Wright practiced for the first time since undergoing off-season shoulder surgery, but remains on the physically unable to perform list. The Ravens have three weeks to decide whether to place Wright on the active roster or season-ending injured reserve.

"I'll be ready whenever they need me," Wright said. "I feel good, so hopefully it will be next week."

The Ravens listed fullback Ovie Mughelli (hamstring) as questionable and rookie wide receiver Devard Darling (heel). Brooks, offensive tackle Orlando Brown (finger), center Mike Flynn (shoulder) and long snapper Joe Maese (groin) are listed as probable. The Eagles will be without standout running back Brian Westbrook because of a fractured rib.

NEVER TOO OLD: Named the AFC Player of the Week after recording two interceptions against the Bills, 37-year-old nickel back Deion Sanders took a subtle dig at critics who doubted whether he could be effective at his age after ending his retirement.

"I didn't know they gave it to 35-and-over," Sanders said. "I'm elated."

J. LEWIS VISITS: Under an agreement between the league and the players' union, suspended running back Jamal Lewis was allowed to visit the Ravens' training complex Wednesday. The Pro Bowl runner may lift weights and visit the team's medical staff, but can't practice.

The slight relaxation in the NFL rules regarding suspended players wasn't due to Billick's complaints last week. Lewis' two-game suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy ends after the Philadelphia game.

DANGER SIGNS: Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson has built quite a reputation for his elaborate blitz schemes.

Philadelphia (6-0) has generated 23 sacks, including four from swift defensive end Jevon Kearse and three from hard-hitting safety Brian Dawkins.

When asked what advice he would offer to second-year quarterback Kyle Boller, Billick quipped: "Tape your ankles and grab your backside because it's going to be a hell of a day. Jim Johnson does as good a job as there has ever been done in the league in terms of the way he schemes his pressure packages. Kyle's very aware of what they present defensively."

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


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