Despite promising signs that Todd Heap might be available for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, the Ravens starting tight end will not play.
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.
Rookie Ed Dickson is expected to make his second consecutive start in place of Heap.
The Ravens also deactivated rookie kicker returner/wide receiver David Reed. Reed, who suffered a concussion in the first quarter of the team's 30-24 win against the New Orleans Saints a week ago, did not practice last week and had been ruled out on Friday.
Jalen Parmele will likely fill in for Reed, who leads the NFL with a 29.3-yard average on kick returns.
Chris Carr, who did not practice Friday because of an illness and was considered questionable, is expected to make his 15th consecutive start at cornerback.
In addition to Heap and Reed, the Ravens scratched free safety Tom Zbikowski (bulging disc in back), defensive tackles Lamar Divens and rookie Arthur Jones, linebacker Jason Phillips, tight end Davon Drew and fullback Jason McKie.For the Browns, their most serious injury concern was starting defensive end Kenyon Coleman, who was questionable with a knee injury, but he will play today.
A plethora of starters in rookie quarterback Colt McCoy (illness), running back Peyton Hillis (knee), right tackle John St. Clair (ankle), right guard Floyd Womack (knee) and cornerback Sheldon Brown (shoulder) will play. Return specialist/wide receiver Joshua Cribbs (foot) is also active.
Cleveland scratched defensive linemen Jayme Mitchell, Ko Quaye and Brian Sanford, wide receivers Carlton Mitchell and Jordan Norwood, tight end Robert Royal and linebacker Eric Alexander. Jake Delhomme is the third (emergency) quarterback.