Ankle Doesn’t Keep Rice From Practice

Terrence Cody came off the injury report and starters Mason, McClain did not practice.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

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Even though running back Ray Rice tweaked his ankle last week against the Cincinnati Bengals, that didn’t keep him from fully practicing on Wednesday.

As expected, Rice was not limited at all during the session.

“I was sore Monday, but being that I was able to finish the game was a great sign,” said Rice, who rushed 16 times for 87 yards at Paul Brown Stadium. “I got a little shook up. I thought it was something more than what it was, but I’m out here today, full-go, and I’ll be ready to play.”

Rice missed eight plays in Baltimore’s 15-10 loss, but he didn’t seem to favor his ankle when walking around the locker room or to the practice field.

As Rice’s name appeared on the injury report for the first time this year, rookie Terrence Cody’s finally came off it.

Cody was close to playing in Week 2, but the 350-pound defensive tackle was a pre-game scratch as he recovered from a late-August knee surgery.

Now, the outlook is even rosier.

“I feel it’s doing better,” Cody said. “I’m not 100 percent yet, but I feel like it’s a lot better than it was, and hopefully this week, by the way I practice, they’re going to let me play.

“I feel like they wanted to be safe about it. Don’t let it swell up or let anything else happen to it.”

Two Ravens starters – wideout Derrick Mason (knee) and fullback Le’Ron McClain (shoulder) – did not participate in Wednesday’s practice. Their absence was somewhat of a surprise considering Tavares Gooden, who is expected to miss a few weeks with a dislocated shoulder, was the only reported injury to come out of the Bengals game.

Offensive tackle Jared Gaither (back) also did not practice, but he was not specifically ruled out. Still, Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh already said on his radio show that it was unlikely Gaither would play.

Meanwhile, the Browns missed the services of starting quarterback Jake Delhomme, who was held out of Cleveland’s loss to the Kansas City Chief last weekend with an ankle injury.

Browns Coach Eric Mangini has not yet revealed whether Delhomme or healthy backup Seneca Wallace will start against Baltimore, so Delhomme’s status will be closely monitored throughout the week.

View the Ravens’ Full Injury Report

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