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American Football: Deion could be playing at WR

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posted on Sep, 16 2004 @ 10:36 AM
With just four healthy wide receivers heading into Sunday's home opener against Pittsburgh, the Baltimore Ravens are considering using defensive back Deion Sanders on the other side of the football, according to the Washington Post.

A groin injury to Travis Taylor leaves Kevin Johnson as the only healthy WR with more than eight games of NFL experience.

That said, The Post has reported Ravens' coach Brian Billick did not rule out playing Sanders, who ended his three-year retirement Sept. 1, at wide receiver.

"Possibly, but then again, we can't let one problem cascade into difficulties someplace else," Billick reportedly told the newspaper. "We definitely will move towards that, but I don't want to do it at a pace that puts Deion at risk either mentally or physically based on his primary obligation, which is in our secondary."

Sanders worked out with Ravens' QB Kyle Boller, rookie WR Devard Darling, tight end Todd Heap, backup QB Kordell Stewart, and quarterback-wide receivers coach David Shaw after Wednesday's practice.

Sanders reportedly said he would welcome the chance to help out on offense, and that as a receiver he would "bring fear to the opposing player."

He has made 60 catches for 784 yards and three touchdowns in his 13-year career, but he hasn't caught a pass in the NFL since 1999, when he was with the Dallas Cowboys.

Perhaps Sanders' temporary play on offense will prompt a move by Stewart, who during his "Slash" days in Pittsburgh, caught 41 passes for 658 yards.

posted on Sep, 16 2004 @ 06:07 PM
You'd think that they would be going for Stewart instead, he's younger, and more of a threat.

I wonder how many guys laughed when they read this -

he would "bring fear to the opposing player."


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