Friday Ravens' Notes

TRAINING ROOM: The Ravens made official what Ogden declared earlied this week, ruling him out for Sunday's game against the undefeated Philadephia Eagles because of his pulled hamstring. Ethan Brooks will start in his place at left tackle. Ogden said he expects to miss as many as three to four weeks.

Heap, the team's leading receiver for the last two seasons, was downgraded from questionable to doubtful. When asked whether Heap could be a game-time decision prior to the team announcing the change in his status, Billick said sarcastically, "Sure, I like that."

The Eagles upgraded offensive tackle Jon Runyan (groin) and defensive tackle Darwin Walker (calf) from questionable to probable.

DARLING PLACED ON IR: One day after rookie wide receiver Devard Darling revealed that he has plantar fasciatis in his heel, the Ravens placed him on injured reserve. That ends the third-round draft pick's season after playing in just three games and catching only two passes for five yards.

On Thursday, Darling expressed hope that he could work his way back into good health and become a contributor. A string of injuries, including a nagging quadriceps injury that began in training camp, held back the former Washington State star's progress.

The Ravens activated tight end Darnell Dinkins from the practice squad to take Darling's roster spot.

Dinkins has two career receptions with the New York Giants.

Meanwhile, defensive end Dwan Edwards, the team's second-round pick, has been inactive four out of six games and has posted just four tackles.

ROUGH CROWD: Billick said the Philadelphia fans that booed Santa Claus and taunted former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin when he was on a stretcher with a neck injury are as devious as they are unforgiving.

"You go out at the tunnel and they always yell things at you and they're personal, but these people do their homework," Billick said. "They come out and say something about your wife. They've looked it up.

"They know your wife's name. They know your kids' names. They're pretty brutal."

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


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