Packers - Ravens: More game notes

BALTIMORE -- All of the speculation regarding impending retirement and the accompanying spotlight and hype were reserved for legendary Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre. Would his final appearance on Monday Night Football happen on a frigid evening at M&T Bank Stadium against the Baltimore Ravens?

They almost forgot about an even more venerable future Hall of Fame selection likely playing in his last Monday night game. Nickel back Deion Sanders, at age 38 two years older than Favre, hasn't formally declared his intentions, either.

Sanders looked fairly spry in gathering in an interception from Favre -- his former teammate with the Atlanta Falcons -- in the second quarter for his second of the season. Favre threw it right to him and Sanders capitalized, tying linebackers Adalius Thomas and Terrell Suggs for the team lead.

Yet, it remains hard to believe that Sanders might try to play cornerback at 39 next season for a Baltimore team that clearly needs to rebuild its roster. Sanders has indicated that he has already made his mind up about whether or not he'll retire, but doesn't want to publicly announce his decision yet.

In a somewhat embarrassing moment for the eight-time Pro Bowl selection who's never been known as a fierce tackler, Sanders skidded across the ground trying to get a piece of fullback William Henderson. Sanders appeared reluctant to mix it up with the 6-foot-1, 252-pounder and completely whiffed on an oft-replayed missed tackle attempt in the first half.

"Whether it is their last or not, I hate to see anybody with their capability and stature leave the game," Ravens coach Brian Billick said in reference to whether Favre and Sanders might be participating in their final prime-time game on ABC. "Like I said, it's going to be worth the price of admission."

In his 14th season out of Florida State, Sanders has 53 interceptions, returning eight for touchdowns. Named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1994, Sanders has 35 tackles in 14 games and two starts this season.

"It's been a joy for me to be around a professional like that, to see a guy at this stage in his career prepare the way he does and pass that on to people around him," Billick said. "It is special and our guys are better for it."

QUICK HITS: Tight end Darnell Dinkins left the game with an injured knee in the second quarter and didn't return. ... Packers rookie running back sensation Samkon Gado injured his knee in the first quarter and didn't return. ... Green Bay defensive back Mike Hawkins injured his knee and didn't return. ... The Ravens deactivated kicker Aaron Elling, wide receivers Patrick Johnson and Clarence Moore, quarterback Brian St. Pierre, fullback Justin Green (wrist), linebacker Mike Smith (hamstring), tight end Daniel Wilcox (high-ankle sprain) and defensive tackle Dwan Edwards. Edwards was the most surprising scratch given how well he played a week ago against the Denver BroncosJarret Johnson started at defensive end in place of Tony Weaver (back). Weaver played, though, as a substitute. ... Edwin Mulitalo started at left guard, returning from a knee injury. … The Packers' most prominent inactives were tight end Bubba Franks and linebacker Robert Thomas.
 

In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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