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Heap plays it safe and smart

Despite promising signs that Todd Heap might be available Sunday, the Ravens starting tight end sat out his third consecutive game.

Heap has not played since Dec. 5 against the Pittsburgh Steelers when he pulled his right hamstring on the first play of the game. Heap had been limited in practice for three straight days, but both he and coach John Harbaugh had emphasized being patient and careful with his hamstring.“We wanted to see if it was worth risking going out there and maybe hurting it again or just be smart for another week,” Heap said after the team’s 20-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns Sunday. “I feel like with hamstrings, it’s kind of a fine line. You never know. So really in Coach’s mind and my mind, it was smarter to kind of take it easy on this one and really let it heal for one more week. I’ve been through this before and made the wrong decision. So I feel like I’m trying to be smart with this one.”

Heap said he tested the hamstring during pre-game warm-ups, but agreed that being cautious was the more prudent move. He said he is aiming to be available for the regular-season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals, but that depends on the improvement of the hamstring.

“I can’t say right now, but we’ll go to work this week and see how it feels,” Heap said.

Rookie Ed Dickson, who filled in for Heap, was targeted just once and did not catch a pass.

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