Did Ray Rice have to take regular injections in 2013 during his final season with the Ravens, just to play through the pain of a hip injury?
That’s the word according to NBC analyst Rodney Harrison, who said he spoke with Rice this week. As discussion about Rice possibly rejoining the NFL continues to swirl, Harrison said Rice is being unfairly criticized for averaging just 3.1 yards per carry in 2013.
“He told me he had a hip flexor…a tear in his hip flexor, and every week he would have to take shots and get shot up to go out there and play,” said Harrison, speaking Tuesday on Pro Football Talk on NBCSN. “He said at that point he was making $8 million for the season, and he could have rested and chilled out and made eight million bucks, but he went out there.
“(When he was) getting in and out of cars, he had to grab his leg to help himself. That’s the one thing that’s really not being said. Everyone thinks that Ray Rice can’t play. But you also get a guy that’s experienced, a guy that’s been in the playoffs basically every season he’s been in the league except one. He’s been to multiple Pro Bowls and he’s a Super Bowl winner, so why wouldn’t you want a guy like that in your locker room?”
Whether Rice gets a second chance or not continues to be a hot topic. Browns head coach Mike Pettine admitted his team has discussed signing Rice, but has decided against it for the time being.
Rice knows if he sits out another season at age 28, his NFL career could be over. He played through pain in 2013; however, seeing his career end prematurely would hurt even worse.
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On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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