Tight end Todd Heap and free safety Ed Reed will play in the Ravens’ final game before the playoffs begin next weekend.

Heap had missed the previous three games because of a pulled right hamstring and had been listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against the Cincinnati Bengals. But he fully participated in practice all week and had said on Friday that his wish was to play before preparing for the postseason.

Reed did not practice Thursday due to a neck injury, but he returned to Friday's practice and was probable.


However, the team will play without a pair of rookies in kick returner/wide receiver David Reed and tight end Dennis Pitta.

Reed, who sat out the Ravens' 20-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns a week ago because of a concussion, said his injured left wrist was a bigger issue. Pitta practiced fully all week, but he sustained his second concussion of the season against the Browns.

The team also deactivated defensive tackles Lamar Divens and rookie Arthur Jones, free safety Tom Zbikowski (bulging disc in back), linebacker Tavares Gooden (dislocated left shoulder), tight end Davon Drew and fullback Jason McKie.The Bengals will play without starting tight end Jermaine Gresham. The rookie had not practiced last week due to a knee injury. Chase Coffman will start in his place.

Cincinnati also deactivated wide receiver Chad Ochocinco (bone spur in left ankle), center Reggie Stephens, offensive tackle Kirk Chambers, tight end Garrett Mills and defensive end Victor Adeyanju. Dan LeFevour is the third (emergency) quarterback.

Starting cornerback Johnathan Joseph, who did not practice last week and was questionable because of an ankle injury, is expected to start. Jerome Simpson and Andre Caldwell will start for Ochocinco and Terrell Owens (torn meniscus in left knee).

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