Ravens RB Ray Rice missed practice Wednesday with a knee contusion suffered in Baltimore's 24-17 win over Cleveland Sunday, according to multiple reports.
Earlier on Wednesday, head coach John Harbaugh said, according to the club, that there was a "chance" Rice could practice this week, "and we'll just have to see how he feels on Sunday." The Ravens (2-1) play the unbeaten Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Rice has rushed for 210 yards on 52 carries and caught 10 passes for 65 yards with zero touchdowns this season. If Rice doesn't play, Willis McGahee figures to get the majority of carries for the Ravens.
The way we see it
The Steelers are allowing just 59.7 yards per game on the ground this season, but Rice rushed 49 times for 229 yards (4.7 avg.) in two games vs. Pittsburgh last season (albeit when DE Aaron Smith and SS Troy Polamalu were out of the Steelers' lineup). And don't overlook Rice's importance to the Ravens' passing game. He caught five passes for 67 yards in the first matchup with Pittsburgh last season.
McGahee runs well inside, but he is not the all-around threat Rice is. Ideally for the Ravens, both backs will play, as they complement each other well.