Late For Work 7/30: Fabian Off PUP List, Heap On Illness List

Also, Oher cautions rookies on the value of money and thoughts on a Joe Flacco commercial.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Friday, July 30th, 2010 at 9:37 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Fabian Removed From PUP

Ravens cornerback Fabian Washington was taken off the physically unable to perform list and is expected to suit up for the first team practice this morning, according to Aaron Wilson of National Football Post.

"It really felt good running around with the guys again," Washington tweeted. "The knee feels great.

"I hope to see everybody at training camp tomorrow."

Washington made a speedy recovery after suffering a knee injury last season.  This is good news for a banged up Ravens’ secondary that includes Lardarius Webb (knee) and Ed Reed (hip).

Wilson went on to report that tight end Todd Heap was placed on the non-football illness list Thursday, but the move is not regarded as serious.

Heap is not suited up in this morning’s full-team practice which means rookies Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta could see increased snaps.

Oher Cautions Rookies On Value of Money

The rookie minimum salary is $325,000, which is seven times the average starting salary for a college graduate.

Despite the cash flow, USA Today’s Jarrett Bell explained that several NFL players are stung by financial distress.

When Michael Oher watched a news report about former NBA Star Antoine Walker, who went bankrupt after earning $110 million over the course of his career, the Ravens tackle said a lesson stuck with him.

"That’s a sad deal," Oher told USA Today. "You’ve just got to know your surroundings and be smart."

Oher explained that his best advice to young players making the transition to the NFL is to be conservative.

"You should do some of the same things you did in college," said Oher. "Just because you have all this money doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy all of this jewelry, 10 cars and things like that."

Oher, who was homeless as a teenager, understands that friends, family and even old acquaintances seeking financial assistance often approach suddenly well-off athletes.

"You definitely get phone calls from people you’ve never heard of, or haven’t heard from in a long time," he says. "Distant relatives. Friends. Everybody gets your number somehow. It’s unbelievable. That’s something you have to get used to.

"I get calls all the time. But you can’t be a nice guy all the time. You’ve got to say ‘no’ extremely fast."

Two Years Runnin’ … and Scramblin’ …

Oh boy, let’s be glad Joe Flacco is a better quarterback than he is an actor.

But even Peyton Manning, who has my vote for Best Male Actor-Athlete in the Mastercard commercial below, couldn’t pull off some of the lines in this awkwardly written Pizza Hut commercial.

 Does he have to do the finger point at the end?

Joe Flacco Pizza Hut

Peyton Manning Mastercard

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