Rice says health has been an issue this season

Rice says health has been an issue this season
December 18, 2013, 7:45 pm
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Ray Rice admitted his injured hip has bothered Wednesday during a conference call with New England media. Rice has avoided talking about his hip flexor, suffered in Week 2, not wanting to use it as an excuse. However, Rice has not run with his normal explosiveness since returning in Week 4, and his numbers (605 yards, 3.1 yards per carry) have dipped dramatically.

“’I’ve been dealing with injuries this year,” Rice said. “This has been a different year for me. Everybody plays through different things, and my numbers are what they are, but I’m doing what I can do to help my team. The injury I had this year wasn’t something that you just bounce back from and say, ‘Oh you know I had a hip…’ It is definitely very hard to play through week in and week out. So when I look at things like that, statistics, I don’t worry about things [like that]. You know, I’ve proven myself over the years, Pro Bowls and one Super Bowl. That [other] stuff really comes a dime-a-dozen.

“I’m worried about wins right now. I mean, everything else takes care of itself. At the end of the day, we’ve all got things to be thankful for, so I’m thankful just to be out there and be able to play through this [injury] this year and not have to tank it in.”

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Rice will turn 27 years old in January, and the Ravens hope he still has big seasons left. However, Rice’s comments suggest that his struggles may continue until he gets an offseason of rest and recovery.