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While the final call of whether he’ll play Sunday versus the Steelers will be made by Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh, running back Ray Rice currently feels like he’ll be good to go.
“I feel really good,” Rice said. “I’m sure I’ll be ready to play.”
Rice practiced during the portion open to the media Thursday. He wore a red non-contact jersey.
Rice, who shook off a minor ankle injury last week to play against the Browns, said that as long as he can cut and run the way he’s accustomed to, he doesn’t see any reason not to come back. He doesn’t view any risk to playing because he didn’t have any structural damage in the first place.
“If I’m able to do the things I can do and be the Ray Rice I can be, there’s no question whether I’ll play or not,” Rice said.
One hazard could be whether the Steelers specifically target Rice’s knee. But the third-year tailback said he’s not worried about that.
“I don’t think they’re dirty,” Rice said. “I don’t think anybody has the intent to go out there and hurt anybody. I have respect for them, they have respect for us. I don’t think it’s going to be one of those situations where they’re going to take a blatant shot at the knee.”
Rice said he injured himself simply planting his foot wrong. He was initially “scared” but felt “new life” after getting two diagnoses that it was just a contusion.
On Thursday afternoon, Rice was bounding around the locker room like his usual self. He didn’t appear to have any bandages or wraps on his knee.