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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Enjoying a game at M&T Bank Stadium just became a little more affordable.
On Thursday, the Ravens introduced their new "Flock Friendly Fare," reducing the price of 21 of their most popular food and beverage items.
The change comes as the organization focuses on revamping the fan experience in 2018. Fans will see an average of 33 percent in total savings and up to 53 percent savings on a single item.
"As a lot of you probably know, after every game we survey fans to see how we're doing; what have we done well and what have we not done well. Over the years, one of the biggest criticisms we received was for the gameday concessions prices," Ravens President Dick Cass said on the team's website.
Alcoholic beverages were all reduced by $1 with the addition of domestic 12 ounce beer for $5.
Chicken tenders with fries went from $11 to $7, while a slice of pizza went from $8.50 to $6. No single item will cost above $9.
On average, you will now be able to feed a family of four for $44 compared to $66.75 in years past. To see all of the reductions, click the arrow in the post below.
In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons reduced their concession prices upon opening their brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Ravens, however, are expecting to lose $1.5 million in concession revenue due to the change.
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Vegas has spoken and they are not optimistic about rookie Lamar Jackson starting under center for the Ravens in 2018.
Bovado, an online gambling site, has set the odds on how the top 2018 rookies will perform and they have Jackson getting 0.5 starts this season.
That number will come as a surprise considering the popular narrative that Lamar Jackson will be the Ravens' starter in no time. The team made it clear they are planning for life after Flacco when they traded back into the first-round of the 2018 draft to select the quarterback out of Louisville at No. 32.
Flacco - who is entering his 11th season with the organization - is experiencing a decline in his performance of late, one that can not be put entirely on his shoulders as the team has failed in finding him valuable weapons to throw to. Nonetheless, Flacco's projected 2018 season is very much up in the air and it appears Vegas is betting on the one-time Super Bowl MVP to bounce back.
However, the Ravens have failed to make the playoffs four of the last five seasons, and if that trend continues into 2018, the rookie could get his shot at flipping the script.
If you're a betting man, it could payoff to bet the over on Jackson. Low risk, seemingly high reward.
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