As is always the case with the AFC North, division battles can leave a team bruised up when it’s all said and done. Last week’s game against Cleveland was no different for the Baltimore Ravens. Though the Ravens defense dominated in a 14-6 win, they left the game with plenty of question marks as to who will play in the games to come. The biggest question mark may come from one of Baltimore’s biggest players as Ray Rice deals with an interesting injury.
During the second half of last week’s game, Ray Rice fell down untouched on a routine run play off tackle. The talented running back went to the locker room afterwards and never returned. The Ravens would later classify the injury as a hip flexor strain. This type of injury can leave a player sidelined for 2 to 4 weeks. But Ravens players have a habit of defying the odds and returning to the field sooner than anticipated. That includes former Raven Ray Lewis who will be inducted in the Ravens ring of honor on Sunday. When asked about Rice’s status however, John Harbaugh was non-committal as he referred to Ray Rice as a “game-time decision” for Sunday’s game.
Ray Rice is however doubtful the game against the Texans and it is extremely unlikely that he plays. Not only do the Ravens want to be cautious with one of their biggest playmakers, but they remain extremely confident in the abilities of Bernard Pierce.
“We’ve had confidence in Bernard [Pierce] since, really, the day he got here and started practicing, because he showed what he’s all about,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh told the media on Monday. “He continues to get better. One thing you may not have noticed was the pass protection. He stepped up on a couple inside pressures there and really did a great job of standing those linebackers up at the line of scrimmage. He’s becoming a complete back, and we’re just very fortunate to have him on our team.”
With Rice not able to go, expect Pierce to start in his place. But Ray Rice won’t be the only player the Ravens have a good chance of losing on Sunday. Chris Canty suffered a groin injury during the Browns game and never returned. He didn’t practice the entire week and is also listed as doubtful for the game. The Ravens have loads of depth at the defensive line so his loss won’t hurt the team too much.
Ed Reed questionable for Sunday
The Ravens will welcome back Ray Lewis for his Ring of Honor induction. But they’ll also welcome back another future Hall of Famer in Ed Reed. The savvy safety signed a 3 year deal with the Houston Texans during the offseason and would love to play against his old teammates even if he won’t admit it. Reed is dealing with a nagging hip injury however which has left his status in doubt. He will most likely be a game-time decision.
Baltimore Ravens Injury Report:
Ryan Jensen, C, (foot): Out
Jacoby Jones, WR, (knee): Out
Arthur Jones, LB, (chest): Doubtful
Chris Canty, DE, (thigh/groin): Doubtful
Ray Rice, RB, (hip): Doubtful
Brandon Williams, DT, (toe): Doubtful
Deonte Thompson, WR, (foot): Doubtful
Chykie Brown, CB, (knee): Questionable