Tight end shakeup for Monday Night Football

The Texans and Ravens will meet on Monday Night Football in a battle of teams coming off demoralizing losses.  Houston battled back from a two-touchdown deficit against Philadelphia two Thursdays ago, but once again failed to close out a game. Baltimore was out in front of Pittsburgh last Sunday night until Ben Roethlisberger’s game-winning nine-yard touchdown pass to fullback Isaac Redman with under three minutes left.

Each team is experiencing notable shakeup at the tight end position heading into Week Fourteen.

Ravens tight end Todd Heap, a polished all-around veteran enjoying one of the better seasons in his career, is expected to miss the game after sitting out another practice on Saturday.  Heap is battling a pulled hamstring.

Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times confirms that rookie Ed Dickson is preparing for his first NFL start.  Dickson had a crucial third-down drop in last week’s loss to Pittsburgh on a Joe Flacco pass right into his hands down the left sideline. The play likely would’ve gone for at least a 15-yard gain.

As for the Texans, coach Gary Kubiak announced Saturday that Owen Daniels will return Monday night from a hamstring injury of his own.  The contract-year tight end has been sidelined since Week Eight.

According to Kubiak, however, Daniels will not start. Joel Dreessen will get the first-string nod against the Ravens.

UPDATE: Heap has been formally ruled out for the game, per the Ravens’ Saturday injury report.