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Heap improving, but unsure about Sunday

Ravens tight end Todd Heap said his pulled right hamstring is improving, but he declined to speculate on whether he would be available for Sunday's home contest against the New Orleans Saints.

"It's feeling better today," Heap said after Wednesday afternoon's practice. "It's getting better every day, so I think I'm day to day."

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Heap, who suffered the injury on the first play of a 13-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 5, was not present during the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media. Although he had maintained a glimmer of hope that he could play in Monday night's 34-28 overtime win against the Houston Texans, Heap acknowledged that the hamstring made it impossible for him to return.

"There wasn't any way I could play," he said. "… With most injuries, you have to let it heal and be smart on how you do it and make sure you're doing everything you can to rehab it and get back out there. That's kind of where my mindset is right now. I want to get back out on the field as soon as possible, but at the same time, I want to be out there and be at a level where I know I'm helping out the team and be out there for the duration."


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