Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said today that Heap, who has missed the last two games because of a hamstring injury, looked good in practice this week, but the team will hold off on making a decision on him until before Sunday’s game in Cleveland.
“I think he’s done really well,” Harbaugh said. “I just talked to him. He told me he felt very good today. I think we’ll wait ‘til gametime just to see for sure and see how it feels up there with the weather and everything. We’ll make a decision right before the game.”
Heap injured his hamstring on the first play from scrimmage against the Steelers nearly three weeks ago. He has taken part in practice every day this week, albeit in a limited capacity, but is remaining cautious about his availability for Sunday.
“I’m feeling better. It’s a day-to-day thing, a long process,” Heap said. “We’ll take it to gameday and see how it feels.
“We’re at the point in the season where we’ve got a couple goals ahead of us. One of them’s right in front of us, and I’ve got to be smart with how we go about [returning from the injury] and how I handle it. So, we’ll see what happens.”
Heap took reps in practice this week and said that there have been “ups and downs” as he’s worked his way back into playing shape.
The key, Heap says, is making sure that he doesn’t try and return from the hamstring injury prematurely, which he says he did a few years back.
“I’ve been thinking about that this whole time,” Heap said. “I went through it a couple years back, four years ago, and when I did it the first time, I came back too early and probably hurt myself and ended up missing a lot of that season. So, you kind of know what it’s like.
“You’re not ever going to get up to the type of speed that you will in a game in practice. It just doesn’t to happen. It’s just an extra gear that you get to. So, like I said, I’m going to test it out on Sunday and just be smart.”