Ravens’ Ray Rice day-to-day, could still play vs. Texans
“That’s the indication, that it’s not anything that’s really serious,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday. “We’d be looking at it if we thought it was. It will just be day-to-day with him.”
Harbaugh said the plan is to give Rice plenty of rest, which means he probably won’t practice at all this week. But the Ravens still haven’t ruled him out for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.
“Ray is a guy that I probably would lean towards resting him this week and then see how he looks this weekend. He’s not going to need the practice to play in the game,” Harbaugh said. “But if he feels great, we’ll put him out there, and if he doesn’t we’ll probably rest him and get him ready to go Sunday if possible.”
Rice suffered the injury late in the second half against the Browns, when he he fell to the turf while trying to cut upfield. He was not hit on the field. But things initially appeared serious as trainers attended to Rice on the field. Rice eventually walked of the field under his own power, though he did not return in the game again. He rushed for 36 yards on 13 carries and lost one fumble. After the game, Rice wasn’t on crutches, nor was he limping. At this point Rice has been diagnosed with just a strained hip flexor. Harbaugh noted the fact that Rice doesn’t need an MRI is a positive indication as well.
But if Rice is not cleared for Sunday, second-year running back Bernard Pierce would take on the load in the Ravens’ running game, along with recently-acquired back Shaun Draughn. Pierce also replaced Rice after the hip injury against the Browns, and rushed for a team-high 57 yards on 19 carries and one touchdown.
“We’ve had confidence in Bernard really since the day he got here and starting practicing, because he showed what he’s all about and continues to get better,” Harbaugh said. “He’s becoming a complete back and we’re just very fortunate to have him on our team.”