As a bonus, they got a victory, too.
Lewis ran for 15 yards on six carries in his preseason debut,
Heap caught a pass, and third-string quarterback Derek Anderson
threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Randy Hymes with 12:39 left in
overtime to lift Baltimore over the Washington Redskins 26-20
Lewis reported late to training camp following a stint in an
Atlanta halfway house, part of his punishment for pleading guilty
to using a cell phone to set up a drug buy in 2000. He also had
been nursing a sore ankle, and was held out of the Ravens' first
three exhibition games as a precaution.
The NFL's 2003 rushing leader was at full strength against the
Redskins, even if the results weren't all that impressive. His
longest run was 7 yards, and he was stuffed by LaVar Arrington for
no gain on a third-and-1 play from the Baltimore 45.
"I got done what I needed to get done," Lewis said. "I was
able to get in there with my fullback and get everything down,
really take some hits. I haven't done that since last season."
His fullback was Alan Ricard, who also played for the first time
after sitting out three games with a calf injury.
Heap, Baltimore's talented tight end, had been sidelined
throughout the preseason with ankle and shoulder injuries. His lone
reception against Washington was good for 6 yards.
"I feel really good," Heap said. "It comes right back to you
once that adrenaline begins flowing."
The Ravens (2-2) never led until Anderson hit Hymes in the right
side of the end zone for a 22-yard TD to make it 18-17 with 1:46
left in the fourth quarter. The duo also hooked up on the 2-point
The Redskins (1-3) forced the overtime on a 46-yard field goal
by John Hall as time expired, but couldn't finish the job.
"We played some guys out of position because we were trying to
protect a few guys who were hurt and had some guys out,"
Washington coach Joe Gibbs said. "I think it cost us, it cost us
bigtime on penalties, and we made a lot of mistakes."
The Redskins limited the Ravens to two first downs and 69 yards
in the first half, and took a 10-3 lead on a 22-yard pass from Mark
Brunell to Jimmy Farris with 62 seconds left in the second quarter.
Farris caught a 37-yard pass from Jason Campbell in the third
quarter to make it 17-6.
"The little guy fights his guts off, we really like him,"
Gibbs said. "We got some real tough decisions to make. Certainly
he stood up tonight, he really played well. Those are the things we
need to see."
Brunell, the backup to Patrick Ramsey, went 7-for-16 for 103
"It was a little crazy out there tonight. We need to be more
sharp," Brunell said. "It was a little sloppy, but we will
Ramsey played two series, getting sacked twice and going 1-for-2
for 10 yards.
Baltimore starter Kyle Boller went 2-for-6 for 10 yards. One of
his completions was to Heap.
"It was nice have Todd in there with Jamal and Alan getting
some reps," Boller said.
The Ravens played without four of their big-name stars, resting
linebacker Ray Lewis, offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, cornerback
Samari Rolle and nickel back Deion Sanders. Rolle has a minor knee
injury; the others are healthy.
"We got done what we needed to get done," coach Brian Billick
said. "It was great to get some key people -- Jamal, Todd and Alan
-- some snaps."
The Redskins went up 3-0 early in the second quarter behind
Brunell, who completed a 29-yard pass to James Thrash to set up a
28-yard field goal by Hall.
Baltimore tied it on a 40-yard field goal by Matt Stover, who
earlier had a 48-yard attempt blocked.
Notes:@ Redskins H-back Manuel White broke a bone in his leg,
Gibbs said. ... Hymes caught five passes for 123 yards. ... The
Redskins' punting battle was close: Chris Mohr averaged 40.2 yards
on six kicks and Andy Groom averaged 46 yards on three kicks.
"That's going to be a big topic of discussion," Gibbs said.