Despite knee injury, Rice could play vs Steelers Sunday

Ray Rice has a “significant” contusion on his knee but still could play Sunday at the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Ravens running back injured his knee in the fourth quarter of the 24-17 win over the Cleveland Browns.

“I’m sure it’s a significant contusion,” coach John Harbaugh said after getting the MRI results. “So we’ll see how he fares throughout the week.”

Asked if Rice could still play against the Steelers, Harbaugh said, “Yeah, we’ll see how it goes. You’ve got to see how it heals throughout the course of the week.”

If Rice can’t play, Harbaugh said he has no problem handing the ball to Willis McGahee, Le’Ron McClain and Jalen Parmele. McGahee, though, would likely start in place of Rice.

“I like our running back situation,” he said.

This is why I thought much of the Willis McGahee trade talk was so silly. Some people referred to McGahee as a “luxury” but in the NFL having several quality running backs is a necessity. Pay close attention to Rice’s status in practices this week but I’m sure he’ll be a game-time decision for Pittsburgh.

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