Oct 20, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) runs the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half at Heinz Field. The Steelers won the game, 19-16. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens' Ray Rice insists his hip is fine

The Baltimore Ravens run offense is struggling. The Ravens are averaging 73.1 yards per game on the ground, that is a mark ranked 30th in the league. Rice has been considered one of the greatest backs in the league, but hasn’t shown it this year. Some have speculated that it is because of a lingering injury but he says he’ll show everyone that he is fine.

Once I get a little space, you’ll see I’m clear off the injury,” Rice said, via Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. “It’s an ongoing battle that you just have to keep working through. This is something different for me, it’s something different for the offensive line, and it’s something different for all of us. It’s something we’re not used to.

“In the grand scheme of things, we did come out with a win last week. I don’t want to harp too much on it, but it’s something that needs to be corrected. We’ll work on it.”

The offensive line has been less than stellar this season. Rice also scoffed at the notion that he had to prove anything.

“I don’t need to prove I’m a Pro Bowler,” Rice said. “I’ve been there three times already and I’ve won a Super Bowl. Proving all that stuff all over again is not in my best interest. It’s trying to do whatever I can to make the Baltimore Ravens win football games. As long as I’m able to do that, I’m fine with that. If I’m lacking in one area, go look at how I’m doing in pass protection. Go look at how I’m working with my offensive line, helping those guys communicate with Joe [Flacco, the quarterback].

“They’re just statistics and numbers that a lot of the world gets caught up in. Right now, the only statistic or number that matters is a ‘W.’”

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