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Ray Rice gets sick, will play today

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Ravens running back Ray Rice is battling an illness, but he will play this afternoon against the Steelers.

Rice started feeling sick Friday afternoon and threw up at the team hotel in Pittsburgh early Friday evening, according to ESPN’s Bob Holtzman.

But Rice wrote on Twitter this morning that he’s “feeling a lot better,” and told a fan who expressed concern, “you know I’m playing.”

Rice had 17 carries for 57 yards and five catches for 42 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens’ wild card win over the Chiefs. He struggled against the Steelers this season (as all running backs have), running for a total of 52 yards in two games.

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39 Responses to “Ray Rice gets sick, will play today”
  1. ny82jy says: Jan 15, 2011 8:41 AM

    Ravens will win today!!

  2. donterrelli says: Jan 15, 2011 8:48 AM

    Steelers will win today!!

  3. mike83ri says: Jan 15, 2011 8:51 AM

    Somehow players seem to have insane games after this happens.

  4. mikemnz says: Jan 15, 2011 9:00 AM

    Maybe Ray Rice doesn’t like Pittsburgh?

  5. gogronk says: Jan 15, 2011 9:01 AM

    The last time I remember a player being sick before a big game against the Steelers was when Brady had a 100 degree fever in the AFC championship game in ’04. He shredded the Steelers that day. This may be a bad sign for them again. Even though I want Pittsburgh to win because it’s a better matchup for the Pats.

  6. joerevs300 says: Jan 15, 2011 9:04 AM

    I’m sure when James Harrison or Troy Polamalu hits him head on, he’ll be throwing up again. :)

  7. 0marooney says: Jan 15, 2011 9:14 AM

    He’s sick of losing.

  8. jumpinjak says: Jan 15, 2011 9:17 AM

    Ray must have found some Iron City in his room.

  9. ballinmore says: Jan 15, 2011 9:22 AM

    Ray will step up like MJ in the 97 finals. He probably got food poisoning from the disgusting city of Pittsburgh.

  10. gforce90 says: Jan 15, 2011 9:25 AM

    Double whammy for Steeler fans, not only will you lose today…you also will have to continue to live in Pittsburgh!

  11. jtsquash28 says: Jan 15, 2011 9:25 AM

    Will still have 110 receiving yards. No Pitt LB can cover Rice.

  12. myspaceyourface says: Jan 15, 2011 9:33 AM

    It sounds like the flu. . . If it were a food thing, you would think a few more players would be complaining about being sick. Besides, it’s a 4:30 kickoff, when will the Ravens arrive in Pitt.

  13. myspaceyourface says: Jan 15, 2011 9:34 AM

    jtsquash28 –

    You sound like the Steelers haven’t played the Ravens before?

    There is really only one game they had trouble with him.

    Other than that, they pretty much own him.

  14. gforce90 says: Jan 15, 2011 9:36 AM

    Throwing up is a natural response for anyone traveling to Pittsburgh. No worries.

  15. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 15, 2011 9:46 AM

    “Running back gets the runs”

  16. gambeast5533 says: Jan 15, 2011 9:58 AM

    I’m sure the Pittsburgh dining establishments served Ray Rice up a nice meal before the big game.

  17. jtsquash28 says: Jan 15, 2011 10:19 AM

    Myspaceyourface,

    Last year, Rice had 114 yards avg rushing vs Steelers. Yes, his stats vs Steelers are below par this year. I attribute that to being injured in week and not having McClain & Heap(played one series) in second game.

    With the Ravens emphasis on passing for this game, Rice will get his yards in the flats and YAC. Will be difficult assignment for any LB with Heap/Boldin commanding coverage in the middle of field.

  18. igottz5onit says: Jan 15, 2011 10:28 AM

    I think anyone whom has actually seen both Pittsburgh and Baltimore would rather live in Pittsburgh, unless they are a complete baltimore homer. I remember going to Baltimore a couple years ago and it just looked like the ground threw up, only instead of the usual chunks of undigested food, it was comprised of morbidly obese guys ,whom all looked like they were trying to go the bathroom, and fugly “women” if you could call them that, that all looked like they smoked two packs of camel filters each day. Pittsburgh is the garden of eden compared to that craphole.

  19. steelersfan88007 says: Jan 15, 2011 10:34 AM

    Here we go steelers, here we go!

  20. steelerzzzrule says: Jan 15, 2011 10:39 AM

    Dude is calling Pittsburgh disgusting? Hvae you been to Baltimore? Thug capital of the world.

  21. kirkandhanh says: Jan 15, 2011 10:41 AM

    You may get sick going to Pittsburgh, but it’s better than being murdered in Baltimore!

  22. cylondetector says: Jan 15, 2011 10:47 AM

    Right before he puked Suggs lost his 3G feed to Tom Brady’s Myspace page – love can be like that.

  23. richieab says: Jan 15, 2011 11:01 AM

    Harbaugh good coaching..way to keep that excuse flag in your back pocket.. so you can throw it after the game

  24. nickster2k says: Jan 15, 2011 11:05 AM

    He should learn to spit like Flacco does.

  25. beefsbrother says: Jan 15, 2011 11:07 AM

    Has Suggs questioned Rice’s illness yet?

  26. scrapdawg12 says: Jan 15, 2011 11:08 AM

    I had the 24 hour stomach virus. It was nasty. Rice will be fine to play. Drink lots of pedialyte

  27. dannylaruso says: Jan 15, 2011 11:09 AM

    @igottz5onit

    a lot of Steeler fans live in Baltimore. To generalize an entire city is not only ignorant, but classless as well. I know more than a few Steeler fans, none of which ever plan on going back to Pittsburgh due to lack of job opportunity and growth. I don’t know anyone that wasn’t born in Pittsburgh that has ever been there, (which says a lot) so I wouldn’t personally know.

  28. asgupta15 says: Jan 15, 2011 11:11 AM

    igottz5onit,

    you should try going to Oakland. It’s effing Utopia.

  29. nickster2k says: Jan 15, 2011 11:33 AM

    dannylaruso says:
    Jan 15, 2011 11:09 AM
    @igottz5onit

    a lot of Steeler fans live in Baltimore. To generalize an entire city is not only ignorant, but classless as well. I know more than a few Steeler fans, none of which ever plan on going back to Pittsburgh due to lack of job opportunity and growth. I don’t know anyone that wasn’t born in Pittsburgh that has ever been there, (which says a lot) so I wouldn’t personally know.

    ===========================

    Pittsburgh’s universities (Carnegie Mellon, Pitt, Duquesne) draw a lot of out-of-town students, a lot of whom stay afterwards and make Pittsburgh their new home. The growth of jobs in Pittsburgh (tech because of CMU and healthcare because of Pitt) is actually very good especially compared to the rest of the country during this recession.

  30. steelerswinagain says: Jan 15, 2011 12:05 PM

    Rice, nor any RB has never averaged 114 yards rushing against the Steelers. Where are you getting that?

  31. stevec61 says: Jan 15, 2011 12:30 PM

    I would get deathly sick if I had to go to SH*ttsburgh too Ugly fans ugly stadium Confulence actually means its ok to crap here Ravens 17 Squealers 14

  32. deadguy73 says: Jan 15, 2011 1:14 PM

    Oh… that’s called the “Steelers” flu. Lots of players get it… don’t feel too bad about Rice coming down with it… it happens.

  33. coltstheman says: Jan 15, 2011 1:24 PM

    Rice will get real sick of getting smoked by Harrison all afternoon.

  34. puddinpouch says: Jan 15, 2011 1:37 PM

    We all feel better after a good yuke, Ray. Get McNabb’s mama to run you over a steaming bowl of delicious soup. If that doesn’t work, try saltines and 7-Up.

    You’ll be fine, big boy.

  35. rwjk says: Jan 15, 2011 2:07 PM

    yes we all know pittsburgh has a lot of ugly people, but thats probably just because they havent seen sunlight in 7 years

  36. mayfieldroadboy says: Jan 15, 2011 2:13 PM

    Why take a chance on being mugged or murdered in Baltimore when you can starve to death in job-poor and over-taxed Pittsburgh? Tease the Ravens to +10 with the Packers +9.5.

  37. camphardball says: Jan 15, 2011 2:21 PM

    steelerswinagain says:
    Jan 15, 2011 12:05 PM
    Rice, nor any RB has never averaged 114 yards rushing against the Steelers. Where are you getting that?

    ———-

    You do the math….
    Ray Rice vs the Steelers last year.
    Week 12 – rushed 19 times for 88 yards
    Week 16 – rushed 30 times for 141 yards

    That’s not including the 6 catches for 81 yards

  38. jtsquash28 says: Jan 15, 2011 2:22 PM

    steelerswinagain,

    dude, read the words from left to right. Rice averaged 114 yards rushing last year vs you guys. More follows too…

  39. igottz5onit says: Jan 15, 2011 2:30 PM

    I wasn’t generalizing, that was literally all I saw. I think people get the wrong idea from watching HBO’s the Wire when in reality baltimore is not as glamorous as they portray it.

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