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Heap Sidelined for Second Straight Minicamp

By Ben Butanis

Todd Heap isn't participating in his second straight minicamp because of an ongoing back injury sustained during practice last January.

Todd Heap is hurt. Not exactly breaking news.

The eight-year veteran is a fan favorite, and when healthy, can be one of the best receiving tight ends in football.

If you ask me, Heap is on borrowed time in Baltimore.

The rift between John Harbaugh and Heap last year is already well documented. Recently, the Ravens have loaded up on tight ends.

By signing L.J. Smith in the offseason, the Ravens took out an insurance policy against Heap. Smith, a former starter for the Eagles, is a solid blocker that can slip upfield and make catches. Quinn Sypnewski is expected to return after undergoing major surgery for a knee injury that occurred during training camp last season. The Ravens currently have Isaac Smolko and Edgar Jones on the roster, and they took East Carolina's Davon Drew with the 149th overall pick of this year's draft.

There were also some draft day rumors that the team was prepared to ship Heap and a second round pick to Arizona for disgruntled wide receiver Anquan Boldin had Oklahoma's Brandon Pettigrew fallen to the Ravens at 26.

I'm not saying the deck is stacked against Todd Heap, but it appears the Ravens are possibly preparing to move away from the oft-injured tight end.

Perhaps it's time.

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