Dec 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) runs the ball during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Bengals defeated the Ravens 34-17. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Extra weight slowed Ray Rice last season


Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice had a forgettable year last season. Rice ran for only 660 yards with four touchdown and two fumbles in 2013, but most concerning may have been his paltry 3.1 yards per rush. In comparison, the workhorse back hasn’t averaged under four yards in any of his previous seasons.

But it appears that it wasn’t just the hip injury he suffered that kept Rice from breaking long runs in 2013. Ravens coach John Harbaugh recently said that Rice will be participating in voluntary OTAs with the team in an effort to lose some of the bulk he added last offseason.

 

“It was too big. His high weight was 217 last year. Ray is pretty consistent. It’s not like Ray fluctuated. Ray didn’t get fat. Ray just got big and thick,” Harbaugh said. “You just look at history, and Ray was 207 his rookie year. What the weight ends up being, we’ll see, but it’s lighter. A lot lighter. To me it’s under 210 for sure.”

 

Of course Rice is also dealing with the fallout from his domestic violence simple assault charge from earlier this month with his fiancée.

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  • Latonia Weathers

    Does he plan to use his fiancé’ as his punching bag. It is so sad how the Ravens, Media and Police Dept is trying to pretend that this man did not punch the daylights out of his fiancé. I am so upset at how this is being handled. No one on the team has come forward to even say how disgusting this situation was, instead talking about how they are staying together. Does anyone know why this young woman with a child has chosen to stay with a man that could do such a thing. Where is her support system, how come no one has come forth to assist her? This is a mess and I am a devout Ravens fan, but cannot get beyond this. What message are we sending to young women by sweeping this gross assault under the rug. Why is the media being so quiet? Disgusting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Marci Miller

      Latonia, I agree with you 100%! It . Is disgusting that he assaults her and no one comes to her defense. He knocked her unconscious!
      What a coward!