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NFL: Key RBs iffy to play in Week 3


Sep 15, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) runs with ball as Cleveland Browns defensive back Buster Skrine (22) defends during the second half at M

Two of the best running backs and top fantasy football performers could be out for Week 3. The Baltimore Ravens are facing a critical matchup with the Houston Texans, and they’ll need every healthy body if the hope to outscore the red-hot Houston offense, but they could be down their top offensive weapon if  Ray Rice isn’t available as he recovers from a hip-flexor strain he suffered last week in the teams’ 14-6 win over the Cleveland Browns.

Rice missed Wednesday’s practice and remains “day to day”, and backup Bernard Pierce is a viable weapon and will be ready to step-up in Rice’s absence.

The Detroit Lions’ offense stalled once Reggie Bush was knocked out of Sunday’s loss against the Arizona Cardinal. Bush suffered a left knee injury before halftime, and tried to play in the third quarter, but an early fumble lead to his benching for the remainder of the game.

Bush didn’t practice, and while Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz said that the injury shouldn’t be a long term issue, but he’s not sure Bush will be ready to face the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

With starting right tackle Rodger Saffold expected to miss several weeks with a knee injury, the St. Louis Rams are looking for help, and after bringing veteran offensive tackle Max Starks in for a free-agent visit Tuesday, the two sides agreed to terms on a one-year deal today. He’s expected to be on the practice field Thursday and may be ready to suit-up when they take-on the Dallas Cowboys

Starks spent his first nine seasons in the league with the Pittsburgh Steelers, playing in 123 games with 96 starts. He played both right & left tackle, but last season, Starks started all 16 games at LT for Pittsburgh.

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