D. Sanders hints that he'll probably retire

OWINGS MILLS -- Deion Sanders didn't play in his last prime-time game Monday night, but there's a strong chance that Sunday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings will be his final one before a nationally televised audience barring an unexpected change of heart.

he Baltimore Ravens' flashy nickel back known as "Prime Time" didn't deny Wednesday that this is likely to be his last season, citing the desire to spend more time with his family. Sanders, 38, ended a three-year retirement to join the Ravens prior to last season at the urging of Corey Fuller and Ray Lewis after Dale Carter was ruled out for the season with a blood clot in his lungs.

"There's a great possibility," said Sanders, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection who intercepted his 53rd career pass in a 48-3 blowout of the Green Bay Packers. "I'm not going to say if it's true or not because some things may change and some things may but, but what won't change is I have five beautiful kids and a beautiful wife at home that I'm thinking seriously about spending a lot more quality time with."

Sanders, whose family flies in from their residence in Prosper, Tex., for home games, is tied for the team lead with two interceptions in 14 games and two starts. He stressed that the Ravens' underachieving season won't affect his ultimate decision.

"The record doesn't indicate anything with my decision," Sanders said. "We could go undefeated and it's no indication. I'm not moved by wins and losses."

In two seasons in Baltimore, Sanders intercepted five passes but never came close to realizing his goal of earning another Super Bowl ring as the Ravens didn't make the postseason in 2004 and 2005. Sanders' colorful personality fit in well in the locker room, establishing camaraderie with teammates with his sense of humor and his willingness to offer advice about football and life to younger teammates.

"It worked out wonderfully," Sanders said. "Not only the locker room, but with the coaches upstairs, the personalities around the complex as well as the media. I never had any problems getting along with anybody."

TRAINING ROOM: The Ravens listed four players as questionable on the injury report as they held a brief walkthrough, including: Carter (back), tight end Darnell Dinkins (ankle), return specialist B.J. Sams (knee), linebacker Mike Smith (hamstring) and tight end Daniel Wilcox (high-ankle sprain).

The Vikings ruled out linebacker Keith Newman (knee), listed offensive guard Marcus Johnson (ankle) as doubtful, tight end Jermaine Wiggins (ankle) and former University of Maryland center Melvin Fowler (ankle) as questionable.

Punter Chris Kluwe (knee), linebacker Heath Farwell (knee), cornerback Fred Smoot (shoulder) and safety Corey Chavous (ankle) are probable.

Aaron Wilson is the chief writer for RavensInsider.Com He is also the Ravens' reporter for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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