Sanders won't sign off on career yet

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The parade of admirers seeking autographs was a little different for Deion Sanders. Sanders is used to kids, but co-workers are a bit much.

Special teams coordinator Gary Zauner came by, as did Pro Bowl cornerback Chris McAlister. Tight ends Daniel Wilcox and Terry Jones, along with several practice squad players, made sure to get their autographs, securing a final memento from Sanders just in case this was his last season.

"It's really sad to walk around and the players are getting autographs as if they're not going to see you again," Sanders said. "That's new for me. I haven't been in that situation for quite a long time."

Sanders, though, in his usual dramatic fashion, would not say whether this would be his last season.

"Not at this time," Sanders said. "I'm the type of guy that really takes care of the now because if I look forward to tomorrow, I'll miss today."

Sanders will have surgery on his left foot sometime over the next couple of weeks but likely would be ready when training camp opens in late July.

He aggravated a toe on his foot Nov. 7 against the Cleveland Browns. Sanders missed the next four games and was not 100 percent when he returned in mid-December against the New York Giants.

Sanders sat out of Sunday's 30-23 win over the Miami Dolphins, the seventh game he missed this season. Two other times, Sanders was forced out of games early, the first because of a hamstring injury that sidelined him two games.

"I don't think about personal goals or ambitions," he said. "Team-wise, we didn't accomplish what we desired to accomplish; therefore, it's frustrating. Individual-wise, it will take care of itself. I never concern myself with things I can't control, and I can't control injuries."

Sanders, who retired after the 2000 season before announcing his return in August, said the injuries will not deter him from coming back for a 14th year. He finished the season tied for second on the Ravens with three interceptions.

"Not just physically, but emotionally, mentally - I've got five kids. I take all those components into consideration to make a wise decision, not just one based on emotions," Sanders said.

Wright trains eyes on '05

After helping lead the team to a division title a year ago, third-string quarterback Anthony Wright didn't take a snap this season. He will head into the offseason motivated to strengthen his surgically repaired throwing shoulder with the hopes of becoming the top backup to Kyle Boller in 2005.

Backup quarterback Kordell Stewart is a free agent.

"I'm planning on coming back in the best condition I've ever been in," Wright said. "I plan on just training, strength training, speed training and taking some yoga. I'm just excited about having the chance to play at full strength.

"This year was tough on me being that I wasn't able to contribute to the team. But I'm really looking forward to coming back next year and helping this team get to where we want to go."

'Hey, hey, hey ... '

The Ravens are out of the playoffs, but that didn't stop some players from having a little fun.

Right tackle Orlando Brown found a poster of the movie Fat Albert hanging in his locker. Brown, who is 6 feet 7 and 360 pounds, has an idea of the type of person responsible for the prank.

"Probably one of the fat guys on the team," Brown said. "Probably [Marques] Douglas. You ever seen his stomach? It's like he got twins.

"I'm going to keep [the poster] and give it to my kids."

End zone

Linebacker Peter Boulware, who didn't play this season primarily because of a knee injury, also had toe surgery recently. He hurt the toe in a practice duing his attempt to come back this season. ... Ravens director of player personnel Phil Savage will participate in a football discussion today at noon at the ESPN Zone.

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