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."
|Tommy Polley and the Ravens kept a tight grip on Patrick Ramsey and the Redskins.|
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."
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 yards.
"It was a little crazy out there tonight. We need to be more sharp," Brunell said. "It was a little sloppy, but we will correct it."
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.