The Ravens did not escape Sunday’s win over the Browns unscathed, with several key players needing to be monitored this week.
None stand out more than star tailback Ray Rice, who went to the ground in the fourth quarter without being touched because of what the team is calling a left hip flexor strain.
For the moment, coach John Harbaugh said the team is hopeful Rice’s injury isn’t a serious one. Rice is not scheduled for an MRI at the moment, but when it happened, it looked like it could be a major injury, one that could be a significant blow to the offense.
“He might’ve gone down to protect himself, too, and that’s something that we’ll just have to see,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll just have to see. We’re confident and we’re optimistic right now, but we’ll have to see tomorrow how he responds to that.”
If Rice’s injury is worse than thought, the Ravens do have a talented second option in Bernard Pierce, who helped the team run out the clock and finish off the victory at a time the Browns knew Baltimore was going to run the ball.
Pierce rushed for 57 yards and a touchdown in the contest, including 35 in the fourth quarter.
“It speaks to Bernard, obviously. Bernard did a heck of a job,” Harbaugh said. “He’s a tremendous running back. We love him, we believe in him.”
Rice wasn’t the only one to leave the game and others were injured, possibly more seriously.
Cornerback Chykie Brown suffered a knee sprain and is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday. Harbaugh said it’s probably a strain of some kind.
“We don’t think there’s any damage in there, but you never know,” Harbaugh said.
Defensive lineman Chris Canty strained a groin and had to come out of game while linebacker Arthur Brown suffered a pectoral strain. Brown will have an MRI this week as well to determine the severity of the injury.