RAVENS RECEIVER IN RARE PLAYOFF GAME
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — This is the time of year when T.J. Houshmandzadeh usually plunks himself in front of the television to watch the NFL playoffs.
Now it's his turn to put on a show everyone else can enjoy.
Houshmandzadeh will play in his second career playoff game Sunday when the Ravens play at Kansas City. His only other foray into the postseason came with Cincinnati — five years and two teams ago.
"I'm sure it's going to be fun," he said. "You're the only game on TV and everybody's watching. I know when I'm at home I plan my day around the playoffs, making sure I'm up in time if it's an early game."
Houshmandzadeh got a coveted second opportunity to reach the playoffs after being cut in September by the Seahawks. Ravens LB Ray Lewis assured him that Baltimore was the best place to be if wanted to win, and Houshmandzadeh signed as a free agent. As part of a gifted crew that includes Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason, Houshmandzadeh, 32, had 30 catches this season.
"I'm just dying to do anything. Vertical, horizontal, it doesn't matter," he said. "Just make some plays, have some fun."
REED'S BROTHER MISSING: New Orleans TV station WWL reported that Brian Reed, the brother of Baltimore S Ed Reed, was missing after jumping in the Mississippi River while trying to elude police. Police said Brian Reed, 29, had been involved in a chase and might have been driving a stolen car. But Karen Reed, the mother of Ed and Brian, said her son was driving a family member's car. The team said Ed Reed plans to play Sunday at Kansas City against the Chiefs.
CHIEFS: G Brian Waters returned to practice after missing two days with an undisclosed illness.
PATRIOTS: DL Mike Wright went on injured reserve after missing the last six games of the regular season with a concussion.