With Todd Heap missing his third consecutive day of practice, the Ravens are absorbing the likelihood that the starting tight end won't be available for Monday night's clash with the Houston Texans.
"I think he's got an outside chance, I would say," coach John Harbaugh said after the team's practice Saturday. "Realistically, it would probably be tough for him to come back. I'll hold out hope as always because he's a tough guy and he's been rehabbing like crazy and he's made a lot of progress from yesterday to today. But we'll probably plan for the worst and hope for the best."Heap pulled his right hamstring on the first play of the Ravens' 13-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night. Rookie Ed Dickson replaced Heap, catching three passes for 21 yards.
If Heap can't play, Dickson could make his first start against the Texans.
"Emotions are building high," Dickson said of that possibility. "As we build up to the game, I've got to realize that I can't play the game before it's actually played. It's all mental right now. The physical part is done, we had a great week of preparation. I'm just focusing on getting mentally prepared and just doing my job. I can't be thinking that I'm going to go out and do something out of the norm. So I'm going to do my job and help this team get a victory."