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plainnasty
09-27-2010, 01:04 AM
It was the kind of cut Ray Rice has made countless times during his Ravens career. The kind of move that has made him one of the most dangerous offensive players in the NFL. With 10 minutes left in the game Sunday, and his team struggling to score, Rice caught a pass from Joe Flacco, stepped on the brakes and attempted to zip past a defender. Browns lineman Ahtyba Rubin grabbed just enough of his jersey to twist Rice to the ground.

It seemed like an innocuous tackle after a 4-yard gain. It seemed like nothing. But it clearly wasn't nothing. Rice sprained his knee on the tackle, though how severely he injured it, only the Ravens know.

Afterward, Rice didn't appear in the locker room, and coach John Harbaugh was vague about Rice's diagnosis. It wasn't a ligament tear. Harbaugh would say at least that much. But it seems the Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as Ravens fans, will be kept in the dark for a bit about his status for next week and beyond.

"We don't know right now [about his injury]," Harbaugh said. "There's nothing ligamentwise that's a problem, so that's probably where [the evaluation] starts.

That's the most important thing. Cartilage-wise, as far as we know, we don't know the extent."

The team handed out several quotes from Rice after the game, and in them, Rice sounded upbeat about his chances of playing next week against the Steelers. But he was also somewhat vague about the diagnosis.

"Right now, everything is standard," said Rice, who was one of only two players in the NFL last season with more than 2,000 yards from scrimmage. "I'll take some tests on Monday, but everything looks positive."


http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/rave ... 9419.story (http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/bs-sp-ravens-rice-0927-20100926,0,5209419.story)

AkronSteel
09-27-2010, 01:18 AM
If they are without Rice they are going to be in big trouble. McGay-hee doesn't scare me at all....he is the kind of runner that doesn't have too much success against the Steelers. Rice is their difference maker and without him they will have trouble moving the ball consistently. This will really put the pressure on Flacco and that is not a good scenario for Ravens success!!! This is a big story to follow all week long!!!

:ratsuck

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
09-27-2010, 11:01 AM
McGay-hee doesn't scare me at all....he is the kind of runner that doesn't have too much success against the Steelers.

Or against Ryan Clark. :lol: :lol:

Northern_Blitz
09-27-2010, 11:26 AM
If they are without Rice they are going to be in big trouble. McGay-hee doesn't scare me at all....he is the kind of runner that doesn't have too much success against the Steelers. Rice is their difference maker and without him they will have trouble moving the ball consistently. This will really put the pressure on Flacco and that is not a good scenario for Ravens success!!! This is a big story to follow all week long!!!

:ratsuck

I wonder if McClain becomes the #1 if Rice is out...he had some success against us in 08 when he was the man on the Rats racking up a YPC of about 3.9 (65 yards and 85 yards).

SteelAbility
09-27-2010, 11:30 AM
That's good, I mean, bad news. :wink:

MeetJoeGreene
09-27-2010, 11:48 AM
Even if he does play, he may not be his usual self

steelblood
09-27-2010, 11:56 AM
No Ray Rice, No Ed Reed. I'm not complaining.

RuthlessBurgher
09-27-2010, 12:37 PM
McGay-hee doesn't scare me at all....he is the kind of runner that doesn't have too much success against the Steelers.

Or against Ryan Clark. :lol: :lol:

"ALMOST THE MOST SEVERE HIT YOU CAN REASONABLY WITHSTAND AND LIVE" Holy $#!%

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Iron Shiek
09-27-2010, 12:55 PM
McClain likes to gash us...so I won't get my hopes up. Plus I want to beat them at full strength so there's now excuse.

Bring it on Ratturds.
:ratsuck

stlrz d
09-27-2010, 10:35 PM
McClain likes to gash us...so I won't get my hopes up. Plus I want to beat them at full strength so there's now excuse.

Bring it on Ratturds.
:ratsuck

They were already whining about not having Reed. This just adds to it. But of course their fans will say (when we have injuries) that injuries are no excuse. :lol:

AkronSteel
09-27-2010, 10:38 PM
[quote="Iron Shiek":2bf3a6pt]McClain likes to gash us...so I won't get my hopes up. Plus I want to beat them at full strength so there's now excuse.

Bring it on Ratturds.
:ratsuck

They were already whining about not having Reed. This just adds to it. But of course their fans will say (when we have injuries) that injuries are no excuse. :lol:[/quote:2bf3a6pt]

You're right until they lose next weekend then they will blame it on the fact that they were without Reed and maybe without Rice.....they will make the excuses after the fact! I guarantee it!

Discipline of Steel
09-27-2010, 10:51 PM
Injuries, suspensions, etc are no excuse. Suppose all you want but the only thing that counts is the final score at the end of the game.

RuthlessBurgher
09-27-2010, 10:57 PM
[quote="Iron Shiek":w4vcoakf]McClain likes to gash us...so I won't get my hopes up. Plus I want to beat them at full strength so there's now excuse.

Bring it on Ratturds.
:ratsuck

They were already whining about not having Reed. This just adds to it. But of course their fans will say (when we have injuries) that injuries are no excuse. :lol:

You're right until they lose next weekend then they will blame it on the fact that they were without Reed and maybe without Rice.....they will make the excuses after the fact! I guarantee it![/quote:w4vcoakf]

They can whine about not having Reed or possibly Rice either, but we won't be whining about not having Roethlisberger (well, some posters will continue with their cries of injustice, I'm sure, but most of us have moved on with our football lives).

aggiebones
09-28-2010, 11:15 AM
Their players won't whine about missing some players, just like ours don't.

I think this is why I've really taken to this rivalry. I have an element of respect for them. Sure they try to copy us, but that is the sincerest form of flattery. This will be a hard fought game and I love the brand of football that both teams play.
Their fans are crap however and I live near Bmore.

feltdizz
09-28-2010, 01:08 PM
[quote="Iron Shiek":223ach2x]McClain likes to gash us...so I won't get my hopes up. Plus I want to beat them at full strength so there's now excuse.

Bring it on Ratturds.
:ratsuck

They were already whining about not having Reed. This just adds to it. But of course their fans will say (when we have injuries) that injuries are no excuse. :lol:

You're right until they lose next weekend then they will blame it on the fact that they were without Reed and maybe without Rice.....they will make the excuses after the fact! I guarantee it!

They can whine about not having Reed or possibly Rice either, but we won't be whining about not having Roethlisberger (well, some posters will continue with their cries of injustice, I'm sure, but most of us have moved on with our football lives).[/quote:223ach2x]
:D

hawaiiansteel
09-30-2010, 12:56 AM
Updated: September 29, 2010, 7:16 PM ET

Ray Rice (knee) misses practice

Associated Press


OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens running back Willis McGahee walked onto the practice field Wednesday wearing a broad smile.

Looking toward the several cameramen and reporters, McGahee said, "I know you guys are watching me!"

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He was right, too, because McGahee could be a key figure Sunday when the Ravens take on the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers in an AFC North showdown.

Starting running back Ray Rice is nursing a bruised right knee and did not practice Wednesday. The injury occurred in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 24-17 win over the Cleveland Browns.

If Rice can't go, McGahee will get his first start since Oct. 4, 2009, at New England.

"I'm pretty sure I'm up for the challenge," McGahee said. "If my number is called, I'll step up to the plate."

McGahee has been used primarily over the past two seasons as the finisher in a drive. Last year he had only 109 carries and 15 catches but scored 14 touchdowns.

"I look at it as, let the young guy go out there and run around and get all the yards," McGahee said. "And when it comes down to touchdown time, that's when I come in. I'm content with that."

Rice walked in the locker room without a noticeable limp, but the Ravens would not let him talk to the media. Although his status is in doubt, McGahee expects to begin Sunday's game on the sideline.

"Ray's a competitor, so I doubt he's going to sit this game out. That's the kind of person that he is," McGahee said. "I don't know what's going on with him, but as far as I know, he was in the meetings with us. So why wouldn't he [play]?"

Rice made the Pro Bowl last season and was one of only two running backs (along with Tennessee's Chris Johnson) to amass more than 2,000 yards from scrimmage. McGahee finished with 544 yards rushing and a 5.0 average, and Le'Ron McClain gained 180 yards on 46 attempts.

Whether it's Rice, McGahee or McClain carrying the ball, the offensive line will block with the same intensity and attempt to fill the same holes.

"We have our aiming points of what we're trying to do," tackle Marshal Yanda said. "It's tailored to the play, and they make their reads or cuts off that."

Center Matt Birk said, "Ray is a great talent, but we have three pretty good running backs with Ray, Le'Ron and Willis. All three have proven they can be more than effective. As far as blocked goes, you don't even realize who's in there."

It won't matter to the Steelers, either.

"In my opinion, their personality doesn't change very much in terms of how they attack us," Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said. "That's been my experience in competing with those guys. Whether it's McClain as their featured running back -- which we've seen -- or it's McGahee or it's Ray Rice, they have a form and fashion in terms of how they attack us. Really, that's what we're preparing for."

That said, the Steelers expect to see Rice on Sunday.

"We're just going to prepare with the assumption that this guy's going to play," Tomlin said. "I think that's the prudent approach to take."

At this point, however, the Ravens have no idea who will be taking the majority of the handoffs on Sunday.

"I don't know. I'm going to find out just like you guys are going to find out," McGahee said. "I've been in the dark for the longest. Nothing's going to change."

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5630154