Detroit's revamped offense will get a true indication of its progress tonight against Baltimore.
Quarterback Joey Harrington will get a half to see how much damage he can inflict against one of the league's most potent defensive units.
Even when it's short-handed, without Chris McAlister and Deion Sanders, the Ravens pose a challenge to virtually every NFL quarterback.
McAlister, a Pro Bowl cornerback, is protesting his designation as Baltimore's franchise player by refusing to report.
Sanders is at home contemplating whether to end his retirement to play nickel back with the Ravens. But even if Sanders decides against it, Baltimore is plenty good enough without him.
"This week's game is going to be a huge test, playing against Ray Lewis and that secondary," Harrington said. "They're always good, and they're going to be fired up and ready to play. They're a playoff team and we've got to come in and prepare like it's a playoff-type game."
CARDINALS: Defensive end Fred Wakefield has a stress fracture in his right foot and will miss 6-8 weeks. He is the sixth Cardinals player to suffer a serious injury, joining running back Marcel Shipp(broken leg), wide receiver Anquan Boldin (right knee), defensive tackle Kenny King (broken wrist), fullback James Hodgins (shoulder) and receiver Bryant Johnson (broken right foot). Shipp is out for the season and King could be, too. Boldin is out until mid October and Hodgins won't be back until mid September.
EAGLES: Pro Bowl receiver Terrell Owens signed a seven-year, $48.9-million contract this offseason. But it looks more like a two-year, $12-million deal. Financially, that's the window the Eagles are imposing on him to deliver a Lombardi Trophy.
STEELERS: The team released defensive lineman Anthony Herron, offensive tackle Morgan Pears, fullback Darryl Kennedy, linebacker Nick McNeil, offensive guard Josh Parrish, and safety Janssen Patton.