After catching three balls for 133 yards in the Ravens’ 30-17 win at the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, Mike Wallace now has 498 receptions and is poised to become the 18th active player in the NFL to reach 500 in his career.

That would seem to be a quality feat for the ninth-year wide receiver, and he’ll get a shot at that benchmark against the Chicago Bears on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. But he was rather casual about it when approached after Wednesday’s practice.

“It’ll be all right,” he said with a smile. “It would be a lot better if I had 1,000. I mean, I just play. When it’s all said and done, we’re going to go back and look at some of the nice things that we did, but for right now, it’s just another catch.”

As much as he tried to downplay the potential achievement, it is not that easy to attain. Former Ravens tight end Todd Heap finished with 499 catches in his career, and current wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and tight end Benjamin Watson are at 490 and 452, respectively.

But Wallace said that even as a youth football player growing up in New Orleans, he foresaw himself getting to this stage.