Ravens' Ray Rice hopeful for Sunday

Updated: September 29, 2013, 7:35 AM ET
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice described himself as a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills and indicated it was "a good sign" that he practiced all week.

Rice, listed as questionable in Friday's injury report, sustained a hip flexor strain Sept. 15 and missed his first game in five years last Sunday. He was limited throughout the week in practice.

"Barring no setbacks, there's a chance I could be out there on Sunday," Rice said. "I just have to go out there and warm up and see how it feels out there. I'll let the coaches make the decision for me."

The Ravens were to release their injury report later Friday, and coach John Harbaugh indicated that Rice will be listed as questionable or doubtful.

"We're hoping that he'll get there," Harbaugh said after Friday's practice. "He has a better chance than he had last week. We'll know on Sunday. We have our fingers crossed."

On the play Rice was injured, he fell to the ground without being hit. Rice said he felt something was wrong on the run and dropped to the turf so he wouldn't get hit.

"If I would have kept going, fingers crossed, Lord knows what the deal would have been," Rice said. "Let me just say the fall was a protective measure."

One reason for optimism is the fact that Rice was able to practice every day.

"I pushed myself to a limit where I would feel that it was good enough," Rice said. "Obviously, the first day I had no setbacks and I was able to go throughout the week.

"The biggest thing with my kind of injury is my legs are getting tired. It's the fatigueness of it. I was able to sustain a whole level of practice, and you know the way we practice around here, we practice very hard. So that was a good sign."

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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