Heap’s Status For Sunday In Question

Poll: Will you chant ‘Heeeeeap’ if Todd Heap catches a pass Sunday?

Posted by Ryan Mink on Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink, Week 8 vs Cardinals

Todd Heeeeeeeeeap is nervous.

He’s fretting he may not be able to play in his return to Baltimore this Sunday.

The tight end who was a Ravens first-round draft pick in 2001 and who spent 10 seasons in purple in black, looks questionable with a hamstring injury.

Heap has missed the Cardinals’ last two games and was a limited practice participant on Wednesday and Thursday.

Asked whether he thinks he’ll play on Sunday, Heap told ESPN that it’s “honestly hard to say.”

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“There are a lot of other injuries where I could say 100 percent I’m playing in this game,” Heap said. “Hamstrings are a different issue. With these things, you just take it one day a time. As much as I’d want to say what’s exactly going to happen, I can’t say much more than that.”

Heap finished his career in Baltimore as the franchise’s all-time leader in touchdown catches (41) and second in receptions (467) and receiving yards (5,492).

He was released by the Ravens just before training camp in a move that surprised fans and Heap as well.

“In my mind, I could honestly say I felt like I was going to end my career there,” Heap said. “That’s what I planned on and thought about. I really didn’t think about anything else.”

Heap paid for an advertisement in The Baltimore Sun Friday to thank the Ravens organization, teammates and fans for care they showed he and his family during their time in Baltimore, showing his still strong tie to the city.

But Heap wasn’t without a team for long. He signed a two-year deal with his hometown team six days after being released.

He hasn’t had the biggest impact for the Cardinals yet, as he has 13 receptions for 150 yards in four games. Heap had one game with six catches for 61 yards, including a season-long 28-yarder.

He’s brought to Arizona a lot of what he did in Baltimore.

“He has such a good feel for the game and understanding of route-running and just being a safety blanket for the quarterback on easy catches and hops and size adjustments,” Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said.

Heap is meeting up with Flacco and second-year tight end Dennis Pitta for dinner when he gets into town. He and Flacco still talk quite frequently. The two formed a unique bond during their three years together in purple and black.

“Anytime you have veteran guys around that you can get along with, and they trust you out there on the field, it makes things easier for a young quarterback,” Flacco said.

“Todd was one of those guys. He was a veteran guy who’s been around, played a lot of good football in his career and was able to have trust in me when he was out there.”

There will also be a reunion between Heap and Ravens starting tight end Ed Dickson, who is hoping Heap’s able to play. Dickson has done an admirable job stepping up for Heap, making 22 catches for 223 yards and one touchdown.

“It’s like teacher-student,” Dickson said before cracking a joke. “Every time I catch the ball I’m going to give him a look.”

There’s one other guy who will be looking for Heap to play too – perhaps across the middle.

“If the ball comes his way, and it just happens I’m there, I might tap him on his shoulder a little bit,” linebacker Ray Lewis said with a smile.

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