Rice not at practice, still uncertain for Sunday

Rice not at practice, still uncertain for Sunday
September 18, 2013, 3:00 pm
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As expected, running back Ray Rice (hip flexor) did not practice Wednesday and his status for Sunday remained uncertain.

Rice has been one of the NFL’s most durable backs, having played every game in each of the past four seasons. If Rice doesn’t play, it will mean more work for running back Bernard Pierce, who played well against the Browns.

“He’s our No. 2 back, obviously we’ve got confidence in him (Pierce),” said Ravens guard Marshal Yanda. “He’s a good player, I think he’s got a bright future. We’ll see who’s back there, but like I said, it don’t matter to us. If Ray’s back there, we’re blocking the same way if Bernard’s back there.”

Also not at practice Wednesday were linebacker Arthur Brown (strained pectoral muscle), cornerback Chykie Brown (knee injury), and defensive end Chris Canty (strained groin). However, MRI tests were negative on Arthur Brown, Chykie Brown, and Canty, increasing their chances of playing Sunday.

Wide receiver Deonte Thompson (foot) was at practice on a limited basis, as was Brandon Williams (toe). Williams was no longer wearing a walking boot, while Thompson believes he is close to practicing at full speed. “It’s been very frustrating,” said Thompson, who has been out since preseason. “This is my first time being out this long with an injury. Hopefully I can practice this week.”