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Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice injured his knee in the Ravens’ 24-17 win over the Cleveland Browns, although it is still too early to tell how serious it is.
According to Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh, the team knows that Rice doesn’t have ligament damage, which would mean an extended absence.
“There’s nothing ligament-wise that’s a problem, so that’s probably where it starts,” Harbaugh said. “That’s the most important thing. [There's nothing] cartilage-wise, as far as we know. We don’t know [the extent] for sure.”
Rice, who rushed 15 times for a hard-fought 80 yards, got his last touch at the 10:04 mark of the fourth quarter, a short 4-yard reception over the middle, where he was brought down by 330-pound defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin.
On the following play, quarterback Joe Flacco hit Anquan Boldin for a 27-yard touchdown pass and Rice went to the locker room for evaluation.
Rice was later seen on the sideline without pads, as Willis McGahee took over his duties in the run game.
Rice was upbeat about his status.
“Right now, everything is standard,” Rice said after the game. “I’ll take some tests on Monday, but everything looks positive right now.”
The only other injury reported by the Ravens went to defense end Cory Redding, who suffered a concussion.