Report: Rice sick at team hotel

Let the conspiracy theories begin.

According to ESPN, Ravens running back Ray Rice started feeling sick Friday afternoon and spent the early portion of Friday evening vomiting at the team’s hotel in Pittsburgh.

The report says it’s unclear whether Rice’s illness will affect his status for tomorrow afternoon’s game against the Steelers.

Let’s hear it: He was poisoned by Steelers employees who infiltrated the Ravens’ hotel and gave him a bad cheeseburger. No, they slipped something in his drinking water.

I’m sure we’ll hear plenty more of those excuses over the next 17 hours.

The good news for the Ravens is that they have until 4:30 p.m. tomorrow to get Rice feeling better. If it’s a simple 24-hour bug, he might be his usual self by the time kickoff rolls around.

Rice hasn’t put up huge numbers against the Steelers this year (he’s posted just 52 rushing yards on 17 carries in the two games combined), but he’s the last back to top 100 yards rushing against Pittsburgh’s vaunted defense.

That performance came back in December of 2009.

The Ravens would turn to Willis McGahee and Le’Ron McClain should Rice be unable to play tomorrow.

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