Ray Rice not practicing early Friday


The first dispatches on the Ray Rice injury front on Friday sounded much like the ones from previous days.

Rice, who is dealing with a hip injury, was not present at the beginning stages of practice on Friday, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reported.

Rice missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with the injury.

Bernard Pierce would start if Rice cannot play Sunday against Houston, with Shaun Draughn in reserve. The Ravens also have tailback Jonas Gray on the practice squad.