Ravens optimistic Ed Reed, Heap will play Sunday

Head coach John Harbaugh sounded optimistic that both Ed Reed and Todd Heap will be able to play in the Ravens' regular season finale against the Bengals despite dealing with injuries.

Reed missed practice yesterday because of a neck injury, but Harbaugh said that it wasn't anything major that kept Reed out.

"It was just precautionary," Harbaugh said. "He's a little bit tight, and 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 year."

As for Heap, Harbaugh said he "feels good" about the two-time Pro Bowl tight end returning this Sunday after missing the last two games because of a hamstring injury.

"We'll wait and see how it feels," Harbaugh said. "What we've done is we've checked it out after every practice the next day and seen how it responds, but so far, so good."

For his part, Heap said that he feels healthy enough to play, and hopes to suit up against Cincinnati on Sunday.

"I feel good," Heap said. "Obviously, today we went pretty hard. I came out feeling really good. I ran well and I'm looking forward to this weekend. We'll see how it goes Sunday."

It's been a long two weeks without playing for Heap, and he says he's anxious to get back out there and get some game action before the playoffs.

"It's been a while since I've been out on the field. I'm definitely excited," Heap said. "I think the biggest thing is obviously getting your feet back under you. I definitely wanted to do that. The biggest thing for me is making sure I'm full-go and I'm ready and making sure the hamstring feels how it's supposed to feel. I don't want to do anything to set myself back."

Meanwhile, rookie tight end Dennis Pitta, who suffered a concussion last Sunday against the Browns, said he feels completely healthy. He practiced in full all week.

"I've been cleared to play, and I've been practicing all week," Pitta said. "So, we'll just see what happens.

"I feel normal. I haven't had any symptoms at all throughout the week, so that's why I've been able to practice as much as I have. I feel good, so we'll see."

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