Ravens' Heap returns in losing effort

BALTIMORE -- For Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap, it was an unwelcome ending to a day where he heard his name chanted for the first time since spraining his ankle nine games ago.<br><br> During the Ravens' 27-26 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, the two-time Pro Bowl tight end returned to the starting lineup and showed no ill effects from the injury he suffered in the second game of the season.

"It felt good to get back on the field, but not if you lose," Heap said. "I don't like losing, kind of leaves a bad taste in your mouth."

Heap caught three passes for 22 yards, and set up a 20-yard field goal from Matt Stover in the first quarter.

His seven-yard reception gave the Ravens a 4th-and-1 at the Bengals' 2.

"To have Todd back out there is great, he's a weapon," quarterback Kyle Boller said. "Next week, we'll probably be able to use him more in the game plan."

This was Heap's first full game since catching nine passes in the season-opener at Cleveland. He was able to block downfield and in-line and didn't have any setbacks or lack of mobility.

All of which was appreciated enthusiastically by the Ravens' fans.
"It's always good to hear from our fans," Heap said. "I love coming out on the field and having their support."

However, the Ravens (7-5) surrendered a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter, allowing 24 points.

"We should've put it away a lot sooner," Heap said. "We really didn't finish them off. We let them hang around and they came back and bit us."

Aaron Wilson is the chief writer for RavensInsider.Com He is also the Ravens' reporter for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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