With Rice suspended for the first two games of the regular season, the Ravens planned to hold him out of a game against the Redskins that the team was using as a dress rehearsal for September. So Rice sat even though he dressed for the game and went through warmups. After the game, Ravens coach John Harbaugh wouldn’t say if Rice would see some work on Thursday or if he’d be out of game action until September 21, the first Sunday he’ll be eligible to play.
“That was our plan this week,” Harbaugh said, via ESPN.com. “So, next week, we’ll let you know. You’ll see it when you see it.”
Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro took over for Pierce after he went back to be evaluated for a concussion. With Pierce banged up and the team expected to roll with backup offensive linemen, preparing that duo for early season work would seem to be a bigger priority than getting Rice back into the lineup.