Heap will play, David Reed will not

Boy, this doesn't feel like your typical January football weather.

It's a mild 50 degrees here at M&T Bank Stadium, and it looks like we'll avoid any rain that might be rolling in through the area this afternoon.

The Ravens will have their starting tight end for today's contest with the Bengals, as Todd Heap is active and will play for the first time since the Steelers game three weeks ago.

Heap has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, but he's suited up for today's regular season finale.

While Heap will play, another Raven listed as questionable - wide receiver/kickoff returner David Reed - will not.

Reed will sit out another game because of a wrist injury, but he told me Friday that he will definitely be ready to return by the time the playoffs roll around next week.

Here is the full list of Ravens inactives:

WR/KR Reed, S Tom Zbikowski, FB Jason McKie, LB Tavares Gooden, DT Arthur Jones, TE Davon Drew, TE Dennis Pitta and DT Lamar Divens.

The Bengals have deactivated starting tight end Jermaine Gresham, the rookie who has posted a solid season.

Chase Coffman will start for Gresham at tight end, while wide receiver Jerome Simpson will start a second straight game in the place of Chad Ochocinco, who is out with an ankle injury.

The Ravens are in their purple jerseys and white pants for today's regular season finale. The Bengals are in their white jerseys with orange trim and black pants.

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