Ray Rice Turns Ankle in Practice, Ed Dickson Has Partially Torn Hamstring

Ray Rice turned his ankle on Monday, though coach John Harbaugh said it wasn't serious. - Matthew Stockman

The Ravens avoided major injuries to two of their top offensive players.

The Ravens have dodged two bullets.

Baltimore reporters spotted Ray Rice walking gingerly off the field during practice with a trainer on Monday. Coach John Harbaugh had previously said that tight end Ed Dickson injured his hamstring on Sunday.

After Monday's practice, Harbaugh told reporters Dickson will miss a week or two with a partially torn hamstring and that Rice had turned his ankle. Neither injury should hinder them in the long term.

It wouldn't be a surprise to see Rice take Tuesday off, and it may be best for him to rest during Thursday's preseason game against Tampa Bay. There's little reason to risk re-injury, especially to someone like Rice.

Dickson's slightly different as he'll definitely be out for a little while. But the Ravens cannot afford to rush him back and risk any further injury. With Dennis Pitta out for the season, the last thing the Ravens need is to be without their other athletic, receiving tight end.

For the meantime, Visanthe Shiancoe will fill the receiving tight end role. Billy Bajema, as a blocking tight end, won't begin splitting out and acting like Pitta or Dickson. That's not his skill set.

This also opens up an opportunity for undrafted rookie Matt Furstenburg with Dickson out for what could possibly be the first two preseason games. Furstenburg is a receiving tight end competing with Shiancoe for the third tight end spot on the roster.

The most important element out of this is keeping your players healthy. As long as Rice and Dickson feel any discomfort, they should rest. They've proved what they can do. The key is being fresh for the season-opener against Denver on Sept. 5.

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