Ray Rice (hip flexor) is expected to play Sunday against the Bills, barring a setback in pre-game warmups.
Rice said Friday that he was optimistic about playing, unless he suffered as a setback. How the Ravens divided carries between Rice and Bernard Pierce remained to be seen. It was possible that Rice would see fewer carries than usual, in an attempt to ease him back into action.
The Ravens’ running game has not been very productive so far, ranked 31st in the league. The Ravens hope the return of Rice helps.
“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.”
Defensive lineman Chris Canty (groin) will play after missing last week’s game against the Texans.
There will be a change in the Ravens’ receiving corps with Brandon Stokley (groin) not active. Deonte Thompson was activated for the first time this season, joining Torrey Smith, Marlon Brown, and Tandon Doss as the wide receivers dressed for the game.
Other Ravens not active were linebacker Arthur Brown, defensive lineman Terrence Cody, offensive linemen Ryan Jensen and Jah Reid, wide receiver Jacoby Jones, and safety Jeromy Miles.
The Bills secondary will be depleted, with cornerback Leodis McKelvin, cornerback, Stephon Gilmore, and safety Jairus Byrd all inactive. Aaron Williams was slated to start at left corner for the Bills, with Justin Rogers at the other corner, and Da'Norris Searcy and Jm Leonhard starting at the safeties. Other Bills not active were kicker Dustin Hopkins, cornerback Ron Brooks, guard Doug Legursky, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin.