Ravens' notes (Friday)

TRAINING ROOM: Tight end Todd Heap will be a game-time decision. He practiced the entire week after missing the last eight games with a sprained ankle.

"Todd got through the week healthy, so we'll see at game-time whether we want him to go or not," Ravens coach Brian Billick said.
Cornerback Chris McAlister is listed as questionable and missed portions of practice all week, but his stinger in his shoulder has gotten better.

"He hasn't missed anything," Billick said. "It's one of those things that will go down for a little while, flare up and then calm down. He went all week and is fine."

Billick ruled out linebacker Cornell Brown (infection), indicating that he would likely play next week. The Ravens are unlikely to have nickel back Deion Sanders (toe) for the third game in a row.
New England coach Bill Belichick, a legendary fibber, reported no changes to his injury report.

MARYLAND NATIVE: Belichick grew up in Annapolis, where his father coached at the Naval Academy.

The Annapolis High School graduate began coaching in the NFL in 1975 when he was 23 as a special assistant to Baltimore Colts coach Ted Marchibroda.

"Annapolis was a great place to grow up around the Naval Academy, Chesapeake Bay, Severn River, I look back on it very fondly," Belichick said. "I love Baltimore. I love Maryland and I love Annapolis."

UNCONCERNED: The Ravens have scored touchdowns on four of their 14 interceptions this season. When asked if the Patriots made any special preparations to prevent Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed and Co. from scoring on an interception, Belichick had a glib reply: "Are we going to be doing a lot of tackling drills with Tom Brady this week? No."

SPECIAL DUTY: Newly-signed running back Jamel White will make his debut on special teams, leaving open the possibility that he could act as a substitute for Chester Taylor.

"It's still new to him, but he's a bright kid and I'm excited about what he's shown so far," Billick said.

Aaron Wilson writes for RavensInsider.Com and the Carroll County Times.

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