Ray Rice injury update news isn't great for the Baltimore Ravens or fantasy football owners. Rice may be out for the game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday (Sept. 29), but he is officially calling it a game-time decision. According to a report from ESPN on Friday (Sept. 27), the Pro Bowl running back is still dealing with a hip flexor strain from Sept. 15. He missed the first game of his career as a result and appears to be at serious risk of missing another one.
Officially, it looks like the Ravens will list him as either questionable or doubtful for the Week 3 game, but that exact designation won't come out until later on Friday. It looks like owners still counting on him will need to prepare a backup plan again, because the reality is that he could definitely end up missing his second straight game. A good sign here is that he has been practicing with the team, showing that he is mentally ready to get back out there.
Consider it a risk to start Rice this week, even if he does get cleared to play. The mere fact that the team still isn't sure might mean a hit in the number of carries he could get. That alone hurts his value, whether he is healthy or not. Still, for desperate fantasy football owners, there probably won't be any further news to report on this situation until Sunday morning.
Expect that next Ray Rice injury update to only clarify whether he will be playing in Week 4 and not about his hip being much improved. Bernard Pierce will likely get the bigger share of carries, but if Rice can play, the Ravens will certainly give him a chance to play a bit.
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