Todd Heap activated from non-football illness list

Street Talk Todd Heap activated from non-football illness list

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WESTMINSTER — Todd Heap hauled in a pair of touchdown catches in the red zone, making an impressive return after being sidelined since training camp began with a virus that caused swollen tonsils.
The Baltimore Ravens’ two-time Pro Bowl tight end easily passed his conditioning test Sunday morning and was removed from the non-football illness list.
“I’m not 100 percent,” Heap said. “I’m still fighting through it. I felt good enough where I could go for it. I was in really good shape coming into this week.
“Obviously, I’m still a tad bit under the weather, but I felt good. My body feels great and I want to carry that through camp.”
Heap returned to Baltimore from Arizona on Sunday and felt horrible for several days as he struggled to get the proper rest.
“I couldn’t sleep,” Heap said. “I wasn’t breathing well. It knocked me out pretty good.”
One decade into his NFL career, Heap caught 53 passes last season for 593 yards and six touchdowns.
On Sunday, Heap and Flacco displayed the timing they’ve built throughout the offseason. That included Flacco traveling to Arizona to get in throwing sessions with players during their down time.
“I thought it looked good, a couple of crossing routes where Joe threw it before Todd got into the window,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “And Todd looked fast. Of course, the guys were on him about having fresh legs. He looked fast and he looked good.”
Flacco-to-Heap figures to be a familiar saying this fall.
“We’ve put a lot of work in this offseason,” Heap said. “It’s our third year together, and I’d like to think that we’re building off a lot of things we’ve already done.”
The Ravens acquired wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Donte’ Stallworth this offseason, bolstering an offense that was pretty effective last season and has been projected as a more explosive unit this year.
“We’re never worried about paper here,” Heap said. “We’ve got a lot of good players, but that doesn’t mean anything. It just means we’ve got to go out there and get it done.”


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Aaron Wilson

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors. 

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