Sunday, August 24, 2014
Ravens won't divulge plan for Ray Rice
By Jamison Hensley
BALTIMORE -- It's unknown whether Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice will play in Thursday's preseason finale.
After Rice was held out of Saturday's 23-17 preseason win over the Washington Redskins, coach John Harbaugh wouldn't say whether the team's starting running back will see the field again in the preseason.
"That was our plan this week," Harbaugh said when asked about Rice not playing after being suited up for the game. "So, next week, we'll let you know. You'll see it when you see it."
It would be surprising if Rice played in the Thursday preseason finale at the New Orleans Saints. The Ravens gave him plenty of reps with the first-team offense during training camp, and they probably don't want to risk running him behind a second-team offensive line in the final preseason game. The Ravens typically don't play their starters in the final preseason game.
If Rice doesn't play Thursday, his next carry will come Sept. 21, when the Ravens play at Cleveland. Rice is suspended for the first two games by the NFL for last February's off-the-field incident.
Before Saturday's game, Rice warmed up with the Ravens, taking handoffs from quarterback Joe Flacco. Even though he suited up, Rice stood on the sideline for the entire game.
The Ravens didn't even play him after running back Bernard Pierce left the game with a head injury at the end of the opening drive. With Pierce in the locker room, rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro and Justin Forsett split the carries with the first-team offense.