Late For Work 1/12: X-Rays On Heap’s Back Negative

Plus the Gov. talks trash, more on the Flacco injury and Suggs is sizzling again.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 at 8:58 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

X-rays on Heap’s Back Negative

X-rays on tight end Todd Heap’s injured back were negative, a league source told ESPN.com Monday.

“He’s got some lower-back-type spasms,” Harbaugh said during his Monday press conference. “That stuff can be tough, but usually you can work through that pretty well. So he should be fine.”

After suffering a stinger in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 33-14 victory over the Patriots, the negative X-ray result is good news for the Ravens. The two-time Pro Bowler became a viable target in the red zone late in the season for quarterback Joe Flacco. He notched four touchdown catches in just two games against the Bears and the Steelers in Weeks 15 and 16.

ESPN’s source described Heap’s back as “pretty sore,” but Heap himself said after Sunday’s game in Foxboro that he expects to play against the Colts.

In reality, his playing status likely won’t be finalized until closer to game time.

Governor O’Malley Talks A Lil’ Trash

Check out this YouTube video message from Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

Whaa-a-a-a-a-t? The man is just trying to settle a friendly bet wagered on the Ravens-Patriots wild card showdown. Nothing wrong with that.

 (I wonder if O’Malley’s “people” have already contacted Mitch Davis. I’d love to see this continue.)

 

 More on the Flacco Hip/Quad Saga

It’s become a case of he said, he said.

The media insists Flacco’s hip-quadriceps injury is a bigger deal than the Ravens organization is letting on. I’ve seen the reports on several websites: CBS Sports, the Baltimore SunSporting News, the National Football Post…..on and on and on.

Meanwhile, Coach John Harbaugh has maintained that Flacco is “healthy enough to play and to play well.”

What else is there to say?

“The more you guys [the media] want to make of the injury situation, that’s great. Make it really dire. He’s really in bad shape,” Harbaugh said at his press conference Monday.

Flacco’s four pass completions on 10 attempts for 34 yards against the Patriots are well documented. He threw one interception and no touchdowns.  Reports indicated his leg looked stiff in the pregame warm-ups and he seemed to be in pain in the locker room afterwards.

The Ravens had Flacco’s hip injury listed each day on last week’s injury report, so the team acknowledges the ailment.

My favorite line from a fan on the issue was from Flock member Grey32 who said, “To me it’s obvious that Flacco is hurt, [but] he’s not disabled.”

I think that sums the situation up best. We’ll find out Sunday just how bad (or not bad) the injury is.

Suggs Sizzling Again?

Terrell Suggs has been criticized for his lack of production after signing a new six-year, $63 million contract in July. Many Ravens fans would like to see more plays that resemble his sack, strip and recovery that led to a Ravens touchdown last Sunday.

Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun believes, “Suggs could be the final piece in the development of a defensive line that is peaking at the right time.” 

The “right time” being the playoffs and facing arguably the two best quarterbacks in the NFL back-to-back. Well, one down. No. 18 still to come.

However, Harbaugh believes Suggs has been playing well all year.

“See, the thing about Terrell is, all the things he does are not always going to be the most flashy stuff,” Harbaugh said. “He had the flashy play yesterday, right? I mean that play, that rush he put on, edge-to-edge rush, sack, fumble, recovery, that’s a play. You can’t make a better play than that. That’s as good a play as you can make, and that’s the one everybody talks about. But watch the rest of it. Watch his run defense. Watch how he plays screens, wide receiver screens where he’s getting in the throwing lane. Watch how he’s chasing stuff down from behind. That stuff. I think he’s a complete football player.”

Quick Hits

  • Sunday’s victory over the Patriots was the highest-rated CBS wild card game since 2006 – up 14 percent over last year’s first round playoff game for the Ravens, according to CBS Sports via the Baltimore Sun.
  • The price on Super Bowl commercials has dropped for only the second time in the game’s history, according to Sports Illustrated. Thirty-second spots are selling on CBS for between $2.5 million and $2.8 million, down from last year’s average of $3 million on NBC.
  • The Cleveland Browns signed Tom Heckert to be the club’s new general manager. Heckert will leave the Eagles after serving as their GM for four years with the hope he will have more control over personnel decisions in Cleveland than he did in Philadelphia, according to NFL Fanhouse.
  • Peter King named Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison and Secondary Coach Chuck Pagano as the league’s coaches of the week. “Mattison called a terrific game,” King said. “Figuring Baltimore needed to move Brady out of his comfort zone in the pocket, he had middle blitzes called early and often, forcing Brady to throw on the move. And Pagano, according to Harbaugh, ‘did a fantastic job of dissecting their pass routes, to the point where our defenders felt they had a handle on everything New England ran.’”

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