Harbaugh: No RB signing is imminent

Harbaugh: No RB signing is imminent
September 24, 2013, 11:00 am
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Ravens' offense needs Ray Rice back

The Ravens could head to Buffalo this weekend with potentially just one fully healthy running back, but coach John Harbaugh said that no move to add a running back was imminent.

"Right now we’re in a wait-and-see mode," Harbaugh said on Monday, adding that there was "no imminent move coming. We feel those guys’ injuries are something we can deal with. We’re always looking for a good player or two, though.”

Starter Ray Rice missed the Houston game with a strained hip flexor -- the first game Rice has missed in five years -- but Harbaugh indicated on Monday that Rice might return to action against the Bills on Sunday.

"We have a chance to get Ray back. We’ll see as the week goes on how that goes," Harbaugh said.

Not counting fullbacks, the Ravens broke camp with just two running backs in Rice and Bernard Pierce. Running back Bobby Rainey was among the team's final cuts, and they had hoped to sign him back to the practice squad, but he was claimed off waivers by the the Browns.

Then after Jacoby Jones went down with a knee injury in the season opener, the Ravens signed former Chiefs running back Shaun Draughn to give them depth as a No. 3 back and kick returner.

With Rice sidelined, Pierce made his first career start, and Draughn made his Ravens debut as the No. 2 back. But Draughn suffered a high ankle sprain in that game, leaving his status for this week up in the air as well. Draughn worked on special teams and also carried four times for 2 yards against Houston.

The Ravens running game has yet to get any traction this season. The Ravens rank 31st in the league in yards per carry (2.6) and rank 25th in rushing yards per game (77.3).