Ravens injury update: Ray Rice day-to-day with hip flexor injury, Daryl Smith to have MRI on injured groin

Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

All signs are pointing in the positive direction for Ray Rice and his injured hip flexor.

Ray Rice is day to day with a hip flexor injury sustained Sunday against the Browns.

The outlook appears positive, though Rice may not practice this week. Coach John Harbaugh told reporters Monday that Rice will likely rest in the coming days with the Ravens preparing for their Week 3 meeting with Houston.

Rice was injured in the fourth quarter when he fell down during a run. He immediately grabbed his hip after the play ended.

“That’s the indication, that it’s not anything that’s really serious," Harbaugh said. "They would be looking at it if they thought it was. So, we’ll just be day-to-day with him. Ray’s a guy … I’d probably lean toward resting him this week and then see how he looks this weekend. He’s not going to need the practice to play in the game, but if he feels great, we’ll put him out there, and if he doesn’t, we’ll probably rest him and get him ready to go Sunday if possible.”

It would appear signs are in the positive direction for Rice to be able to play Sunday. If he can't, or if Rice's snaps are limited, Bernard Pierce will certainly get more carries.

Pierce was able to find some success against Cleveland, albeit late in the ballgame. The running game is still an area the Ravens will need to work on this week, no matter who the back is.

"I’ve just got to keep playing to the best of my ability and keep making plays," Pierce told reporters after the Cleveland game. "As long as they keep giving me the ball, I’ll keep carrying it.”

Other injuries: Harbaugh said Chris Canty had an MRI on his injured groin. Chykie Brown (knee) is in the same boat with the Ravens still evaluating his injury. Arthur Brown sustained a pectoral strain, though he was able to participate in Monday's walkthrough.

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