The Baltimore Ravens played their first game since 2008 without Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice on Sunday, and although they came away with a win, the team would certainly like to have him back. Both Rice and Chris Canty could return this week when the Ravens travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills.
During Head Coach John Harbaugh's press conference yesterday, he mentioned that Rice was very close to being able to play this past Sunday against the Houston Texans after straining his left hip flexor in the Ravens' week two victory over the Cleveland Browns. Obviously by hearing that, the expectation is much greater for a return this week for the versatile Rice.
In the same realm, Harbaugh said the same thing of Canty's status this past Sunday, that he was also close to playing and thus the same expectation for Canty as Rice for this week.
"He was close this week to a degree," Harbaugh said of Rice. "So was Chris. Muscle things, you never know for sure. but they were in the ballpark this week. I think that puts them really in the ballpark [for Sunday]. We have a chance to get Chris back. We have a chance to get Ray back. We'll see as the week goes on how it goes."
The team is off today, so when they hit the practice field tomorrow, we should get a better sense of how both players are feeling and whether or not that participate in practice. Either way, this is good news for both the offense and defense.
Cody had tests on his knee, that he injured during Sunday's victory over the Texans, and those test confirmed a sprained left knee for the backup nose tackle. Early indications are that he will miss this Sunday's game against the Bills and his status moving forward should be considered day-to-day.
"Injury-wise we got through the game pretty well," Harbaugh said. "Terrence Cody has a sprained knee. I think it would be a stretch to expect him back this week. We're going to try. More likely it will be after this week coming back."
The recently acquired kick returner and third string running back also suffered an injury in the win over Houston. Draughn, who performed pretty well as a kick returner and did a decent job taking some of the snaps at running back to give Bernard Pierce a breather on Sunday, suffered a high ankle sprain. No roster moves seems to be imminent and Draughn downplayed the severity of the injury, of course, it would be expected from a player who is fighting to keep his roster spot.
We will certainly get more information on all Ravens injuries as the week progresses, but early on here in week four, it certainly seems like the arrow is pointing up for the Ravens in regards to that pesky injury bug.
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