You didn’t need a trained eye to see Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice struggled this season due to injury.
Dealing with a multitude of problems, Rice wasn’t the explosive tailback we’ve all come to know and appreciate over the past few years. But the former Rutgers star refused to budge, continually suggesting that injuries weren’t the cause of his poor performances – until now.
“I’ve been dealing with injuries this year,” Rice said. “This has been a different year for me. Everybody plays through different things, and my numbers are what they are, but I’m doing what I can do to help my team. The injury I had this year wasn’t something that you just bounce back from and say, ‘Oh you know I had a hip.’ It is definitely very hard to play through week in and week out. So when I look at things like that, statistics, I don’t worry about things [like that]. You know, I’ve proven myself over the years, Pro Bowls and one Super Bowl.
Rich has picked up production in recent weeks, a estimate that his early and mid-season injuries were a bother.
Thankfully for Baltimore, Rice is getting healthy at the right time as the team clings to a potential postseason birth.