Ravens Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice has a "significant contusion" on his knee, according to head coach John Harbaugh, which puts Rice's status for this Sunday's battle against the AFC North-leading Steelers in question.
Rice had an MRI today which confirmed that there is no ligament or cartilage damage to his knee, but that the third-year running back has a contusion.
"We'll just have to see how he fares throughout the week," Harbaugh said.
Rice left yesterday's game against the Browns mid-way through the fourth quarter with the injury, and he did not return to the game.
Harbaugh said the Ravens have not yet ruled Rice out for this Sunday's game.
"Yeah, just see how he goes," Harbaugh said. "You've just got to see how it heals throughout the course of the week."
If Rice is limited or cannot play against Pittsburgh, the bulk of the workload will fall to Willis McGahee. Fullback Le'Ron McClain (he of the "McClain 4 RB" campaign) could see some additional carries as well.
"Willis obviously has proven himself, Le'Ron is going to be able to run the ball, Jalen Parmele is a guy you all haven't seen too much, but if he gets a chance to run the ball, he can do it too," Harbaugh said. "So, we like our running back situation."