No Update On Heap’s Hamstring Injury

Todd Heap went down on the first play from scrimmage, extending the play of Ed Dickson.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, December 6th, 2010 at 2:35 am | Categories: 2010 Season, Ryan Mink, Week 13 vs Steelers

As if the Ravens didn’t have enough injuries to worry about heading into Sunday night’s game, they lost starting tight end Todd Heap on the first play from scrimmage.

Heap suffered a hamstring injury while running a fly route. He came up just short of the pass and immediately reached for the back of his leg.

Heap didn’t return to the game and there was no update given on his injury afterwards.

“It took us out of one package, so it wasn’t a killer,” Harbaugh said of losing Heap. “We stayed healthy with the rest of the stuff that we did. I think the young tight ends did a pretty good job.”

Suddenly, rookie tight ends Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta, who entered the game with a combined six career receptions and 17 games played, had to not only step in for injured fullback Le’Ron McClain, but also their veteran positional leader.

“Well, I thought [Heap] was going to be all right,” Dickson said. “He’s like Superman.”

Pitta took on mostly a blocking role, but Dickson was busy with some rocky moments and highlights.

Quarterback Joe Flacco found him for what would have been a first down on Baltimore’s second offensive drive, but Dickson juggled and eventually dropped the pass despite being wide-open.

“The first one was probably jitters,” he said, adding that the wind also affected it. “I should have just picked it out of the air like a cherry. So, you learn from that, you can’t let that affect your play, and I just wanted to continue the game and catch everything else.”

Dickson caught two passes on Baltimore’s next drive, each for a first down. The second, an 11-yard gain on third-and-10, set up the Ravens’ only touchdown.

But two plays at the end of the game won’t be remembered so fondly. On third-and-5 during Baltimore’s final drive, Dickson caught a pass around his ankles but fell while hauling it in. He was two yards short of the marker.

“The ball came in a little low and I was just trying to secure the catch,” Dickson said. “I was trying to roll out of bounds because I knew the play-clock was rolling. So I didn’t try to get up and run with it.”

Flacco again targeted Dickson on the key fourth-down play (after initially looking for wide receiver Anquan Boldin) but the pass bounced off the turf.

Although he caught just three passes, Dickson’s seven targets were second-most on the Ravens to Boldin.

“It felt pretty good to get a few offensive reps and get clicking with Joe,” Dickson said. “I’ve got to be ready to go if Todd’s not going to come out next week. We’ve got to let this go and not let the season go to waste.”

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