Rice sounds optimistic about playing against Bills

Rice sounds optimistic about playing against Bills
September 27, 2013, 2:15 pm
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(Associated Press)

Ray Rice (hip flexor) is optimistic about playing Sunday versus the Bills, barring any setbacks before the game. He practiced for the third straight day Friday, and felt good about what he was able to accomplish on the field.

“The week went as expected,” Rice said. “I was very smart out there, but it did feel good to get three days worth of work in. Barring no setbacks, there’s a chance I could be out there Sunday. I have to go out there and warm up and see how it feels out there, let coaches make the decision from there.”

Rice made it clear that he didn’t baby the injury this week.

“There’s no way I would go out to practice without being able to practice,” Rice said. “I’m not a standing monument out there. I pushed myself to a limit. The first day I had no setbacks, and I was able to go throughout the week.”

Rice suffered his injury in Week 2 against the Browns, when he fell to the ground without contact early in the fourth quarter. For a player who had made 43 consecutive starts, it was an unsettling experience. Rice sat out last Sunday’s game against the Texans.

“I probably protected myself during that fall,” Rice said. “Once I was able to feel myself get up, wiggle a little bit and I walked off? I got in the house, and then the next day….I was sore, but I wasn’t crippled getting out of bed.”

The Ravens’ running game has not been very productive so far, ranked 31st in the league. The return of Rice figures to help. “Like any team, we’re a work in progress,” Rice said. “It’s not like guys (are) not giving effort. We don’t have that around here. We played three good (defensive) fronts. Could we have executed better? Yes. We just got to execute a little bit better.”

As for other injuries, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said defensive lineman Chris Canty (groin) would be a game-day decision.

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