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Ray Rice is AFC offensive player of the week

Cleveland Browns v Baltimore Ravens

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 4: Strong safety Usama Young #28 of the Cleveland Browns watches Running back Ray Rice #27 celebrate with teammate tight end Dennis Pitta #88 of the Baltimore Ravens after Rice scored during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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Ray Rice ran for a career-high 204 yards against the Browns on Sunday and he’s been recognized for the accomplishment.

Rice has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week in recognition of his big day in Baltimore’s 24-10 win. In addition to the big yardage, Rice added a touchdown and a career-best 67-yard run from scrimmage. It’s the second time Rice has been so honored as he also got the prize in Week 15 last season.

It’s the latest big addition to a salary drive that hasn’t gotten nearly as much attention this season as those of Matt Forte and DeSean Jackson. Rice is a free agent after the year and he’s having what’s probably his best season as a pro in 2011. He’s scored 11 touchdowns, leads the AFC in total yards and has been used more frequently than any back other than Arian Foster.