Baltimore Ravens star RB Ray Rice has been hobbled with a hip flexor injury for the majority of the season, and he is averaging just 2.8 yards per carry. Rice and Bernard Pierce form one of the most talented running back duos in the NFL, but neither player has been able to get anything going due to some poor blocking up front. The 26-year-old Rutgers product managed to get a meager 34 yards on 14 carries last week, and Ravens fans can only hope that Rice is able to turn it around this afternoon in a big rivalry matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Although he isn’t on the injury report or anything with the hip injury anymore and isn’t at risk of missing any time, it’s still interesting to hear this injury update. CBS Sports’s Dave Richard tweets that CBS announcer Ian Eagle said Rice’s hip has been “a huge problem” to this point of the season, but Rice is “feeling better”.
That’s encouraging for Ravens fans and people like me, who are starting Rice in fantasy leagues this week in the hopes that he is able to get something going. Rice has only had two good fantasy outings (Week 1 and Week 5), while the rest of his games have been duds. If he is indeed feeling better from this hip injury, then it is fair to expect significantly better performances from here on out. It seems like the hip issue really hobbled Rice, but it’s good to hear Eagle indicate that it is behind him.