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Ray Rice likely out two weeks with hip injury; Pierce to start

Ray Rice hip injury

Ray Rice is likely to miss two weeks for the Baltimore Ravens because of a hip injury, meaning Bernard Pierce will start on Sunday against the Houston Texans.

Rice went down with a non-contact hip injury during the fourth quarter of the Ravens’ 14-6 win over the Cleveland Browns last weekend. He did not carry the ball after the injury.

Rice did not practice during the week, and coach John Harbaugh initially said the back was a game-time decision for Sunday’s game against Houston. But Rice was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report, indicating he had around a 25 percent chance of playing.

Baltimore Sun Ravens reporter Aaron Wilson reported on Saturday that Rice’s injury is regarded as a two-week injury if the Ravens play it safely. He also said Pierce will start.

Pierce doesn’t have the same playmaking ability as Rice, but he is still a solid back. I picked the Ravens to win the game despite Rice’s injury.

Ray Rice rips fantasy football owners after suffering hip injury

Ray-Rice-RavensIn many ways, fantasy football has made the world an evil place. Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice had to leave his team’s win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday when he suffered a hip injury. Prior to that, he was not performing well. Rice finished the game with just 45 total yards and three receptions, which gave his fantasy owners somewhere in the range of four to seven points.

The lack of production angered fantasy players who took Rice in the first round of drafts. In fact, many of them even ripped Rice for leaving the game with an injury. Those people have sullied Rice’s opinion of fantasy football.

Rice has played in all 16 games over the past four seasons, so he has not had to listen to cold-hearted fantasy “managers” complaining about things he can’t control — like injuries. Guys like Arian Foster could tell you that the concept is hardly a new one and has been an issue for years.

People like yours truly, who have Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce sitting on their bench, perked up a bit when Rice went down. As awful as it sounds, that is what fantasy football has done to us. Fortunately for Rice and the Ravens, the injury is considered minor. The biggest impact it may have on the 26-year-old is opening his eyes to what fantasy owners are truly like.

Maybe next time Rice needs to take the DeAngelo Williams approach to fantasy owners.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

If you thought Oxbow won the Preakness, you were wrong

Ray Rice Preakness

Ray Rice did.

Rice posted the above picture on his Facebook page on Sunday with the caption: “y’all catch the Preakness yesterday?”

Hilarious. His photo had over 11,000 likes and nearly two thousand shares on Facebook at the time this was posted.

If you’re wondering whether a football player can actually beat a horse in a race, I present you with this.

Eric LeGrand, Ray Rice support Rutgers AD Tim Pernetti

Tim PernettiEric LeGrand and Ray Rice were among the notable former Rutgers athletes who expressed their support of athletic director Tim Pernetti (pictured), who resigned Friday amid the scandal over fired basketball coach Mike Rice.

Rice was suspended three games by the school in December after school officials saw video of him physically and verbally abusing his players in practice. Once that video was shown by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” this week, many were outraged over the coach’s behavior. There were immediate calls for Rice to be fired, and questions about why Pernetti continued to employ him.

Pernetti resigned, saying he wished he had moved to fire the coach in December. He said in his statement that the school was hesitant to fire the coach before reviewing the whole legal process.

“I have spent a great deal of time reflecting on the events which led to today,” Pernetti said in his letter. “As you know, my first instincts when I saw the videotape of Coach Rice’s behavior was to fire him immediately. However, Rutgers decided to follow a process involving university lawyers, human resources professionals, and outside counsel. Following review of the independent investigative report, the consensus was that university policy would not justify dismissal. I have admitted my role in, and regret for, that decision, and wish that I had the opportunity to go back and override it for the sake of everyone involved.”

That may not have been entirely accurate, because some say Pernetti could have reasonably fired Rice on account of misconduct.

Former Rutgers football players Ray Rice and Eric LeGrand were supportive of Pernetti during the controversy. Rice, a running back for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, called Pernetti a “great man” and lauded him for getting Rutgers in the Big Ten.

LeGrand, a former RU offensive lineman who was paralyzed in an October 2010 game, was even more supportive of Pernetti:

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Ray Rice speaks out against bullying on behalf of victim Bailey O’Neill

A 12-year-old boy named Bailey O’Neill died at a hospital in Delaware on Sunday, one day after his birthday. O’Neill had been in a coma after suffering several seizures which stemmed from a bullying incident at school. His family says he was jumped by two classmates during recess at Darby Township School back in January and left with a concussion and a broken nose.

On Sunday afternoon, Ray Rice (or one of his publicists) took to Facebook to speak out against bullying on behalf of the O’Neill family.

After learning last Thursday that doctors said Bailey had no longer had any brain activity, I reached out to the family and was able to spend about 45 minutes on the phone with them. I could hear their sadness, worry, frustration and grief. They would be faced with removing their son, cousin, nephew, and best friend from life support.

I don’t think I will ever be able to understand why kids bully each other and how we are all sitting here after yet another “bully death” getting ready to go through this difficult task of picking up the pieces and the even more difficult task of forgiving so we can heal.

The students who beat O’Neill have been suspended for two days, but it’s unclear if they are going to be criminally charged. Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said investigators are in the process of determining whether or not the injuries Bailey suffered during the bullying incident are what caused his seizures. Rice urged parents and teachers to treat bullying as an illness and give it more attention.

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Ray Rice fell off float at Ravens’ Super Bowl parade (Video)

Ray Rice paradeRay Rice had a bit of a miscue during the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl victory parade on Tuesday. As you can see in the video above, the Ravens running back fell off a float at some point during the parade.

Rice actually told WFAN’s Boomer & Carton about the incident during an interview on Wednesday.

“You know, the float stopped short and I fell off of it, but I caught myself,” Rice told the hosts. “I’m good though. I’m telling y’all that because y’all are my boys. Ray Rice has no injuries. I fell off the float, but I’m good.”

Gotta love the way Rice went all third-person on us in that interview. Like a true Pro Bowl running back, he did bounce back from the fall quickly and had a massive smile on his face as soon as he recovered.

I wonder what he calls that play. At least his spill wasn’t that bad — we’ve seen much worse when it comes to victory parade mishaps.

H/T Deadspin

Ray Rice saves game for Ravens with amazing play on 4th and 29

The Baltimore Ravens were trailing the San Diego Chargers by a field goal with less than two minutes left to play on Sunday, and it appeared the game was over. The Ravens were facing fourth down, but not just any fourth down — 4th and 29. Joe Flacco saw nothing open downfield, so he checked it down to Ray Rice. A checkdown on 4th and 29? Might as well wave the white flag.

Not so fast. Rice caught the ball with room to run and somehow eluded several Chargers defenders to pick up 30 yards and keep the drive alive. Baltimore went on to tie the game at 13-13 with a field goal and then win in overtime.

The way I see it, the play was a microcosm of the seasons both teams are having. San Diego has choked at the most significant times all year long while the Ravens seem to always find a way to win. Having a playmaker like Rice has certainly helped make that possible.