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Who’s Playing, Who’s Not vs Bengals

T. Heap feels good about playing, E. Reed is probable but D. Reed’s wrist is questionable.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Friday, December 31st, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Categories: 2010 Season, Ryan Mink, Week 17 vs Bengals

Todd Heap’s chances of playing in the season finale Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium look good, but the Ravens are keeping his status listed as questionable on the injury report.

Head Coach John Harbaugh was asked about Heap’s chances of facing the Bengals.

“I feel good about it,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll wait and see how it feels. What we’ve done is check it out after every practice and see how it responds. So far, so good.”

Heap has missed the Ravens’ past three games with a hamstring injury, but has been a full practice participant all week and said he hasn’t felt any pain.

“Today we went pretty hard and I came out really good,” Heap said. “I ran well and I’m looking forward to this weekend and seeing how it feels Sunday. Obviously, getting your feet back under you, I definitely wanted to do that.”

Heap was limited throughout last week’s practices and was deactivated after a game-time decision.

He said he’s talked to other Ravens players about when he should come back. In 2007, Heap rushed back after a hamstring injury and re-injured it.

“I’m not the smartest when it comes to dealing with injuries,” Heap said. “I wanted to make sure that I was ready and make sure I’m making the right decision, especially with what I have at stake right now.”

Reed’s Missed Practice Just ‘Precautionary’

Safety Ed Reed appeared on Thursday’s injury report with a neck injury, but returned to practice fully Friday. He’s listed as probable on the final injury report.

“It was just precautionary,” Harbaugh said.  “He was a little bit tight. We just felt like we’d give him a chance to recover a little bit and rest up. We do that with some guys this time of the year.”

Reed has dealt with neck pain in the past, but hasn’t missed time since coming off the physically unable to perform list on Oct. 24 following offseason hip surgery. The reigning AFC Defensive Player of the Week didn’t appear in the locker room for comment.

D. Reed’s Wrist Now The Issue

Rookie wide receiver/kick returner David Reed has moved past his concussion. Now it’s about getting his wrist right.

Reed practiced fully for the first time this week Friday after being limited Wednesday and Thursday. He’s questionable for Sunday’s game.

“The concussion is over with,” Reed said. “All the symptoms are gone. Now it’s the wrist that’s bothering me. We’ll see what the coaches think.”

Reed fielded kickoffs with Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg after Friday’s practice session. He said he injured it when it got bent at the bottom of a pile versus the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 19.

Pitta, Four Others Probable For Sunday

Rookie tight end Dennis Pitta said he was cleared by doctors Thursday after he suffered his second concussion of the season against the Cleveland Browns last Sunday.

Pitta has been a full practice participant every day this week and says he’s felt no symptoms.

“I feel good. I’ve been cleared by the doctor and everything’s good to go,” Pitta said. “We’ll see what takes place this weekend, whether I’m up or down.”

Center Matt Birk (knee), linebacker Prescott Burgess (illness), wide receiver Derrick Mason (ankle/abs), cornerback Fabian Washington (back) are also probable.

Gooden, Zbikowski Out For Now

Linebacker Tavares Gooden (shoulder) and safety Tom Zbikowski (back) haven’t practiced all week and were ruled out on Friday.

Gooden played through a dislocated shoulder last Sunday in Cleveland and Harbaugh said trainers are pretty confident he’ll be OK.

Zbikowski, who has missed the past two games and seven of the past nine contests, has a “good chance” to return for the playoffs, according to Harbaugh.

For The Bengals

Cincinnati officially ruled out wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, meaning the Bengals will again go with Andre Caldwell, Jerome Simpson and Jordan Shipley as their wideouts.

The Bengals may be without another key vertical weapon in rookie first-round pick Jermaine Gresham. The big tight end is listed as doubtful with a knee injury.

Cornerback Johnathan Joseph is questionable with an ankle injury. Joseph has two interceptions against quarterback Joe Flacco in their past three meetings.

Pass-rushing rookie defensive end Carlos Dunlap (shoulder) and backup running back Bernard Scott (toe) are probable.

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