As expected, Ray Rice will miss Sunday’s game against the Texans, the Ravens confirmed Sunday morning.
Rice (hip flexor) did not practice all week, and was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report. Bernard Pierce will get the start, and it remains to be seen if Rice will ready for Week 4 against the Bills. Rice’s absence ends his streak of 43 consecutive starts, the longest among active NFL running backs.
Sitting Rice makes sense, avoiding the risk that he will aggravate the injury by playing. It is only Week 3, and the Ravens do not want Rice to be hampered all season. However, Rice will be missed, both as a runner and as a receiver.
Pierce prepared all week as if he would get the start, and he played well in Week 2 with 57 yards on 19 carries and touchdown against the Browns. Shaun Draughn, signed earlier this month, will be the backup back behind Pierce.
Other inactive Ravens included starting defensive lineman Chris Canty, linebacker Arthur Brown, wide receivers Jacoby Jones and Deonte Thompson, offensive lineman Ryan Jensen, and defensive tackle Brandon Williams. Marcus Spears was expected to start in place of Canty.