Ravens’ Joe Flacco has MCL Sprain; Ray Rice Talks Retirement

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Dec 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) runs the ball during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Another Ravens starter also missed practice on Wednesday, as running back Ray Rice sat out with a thigh injury. It’s the first time Rice has been on the injury report since Week Four, when he was listed with a hip injury.

Rice rushed for just 56 yards on 12 carries in the victory at Detroit. Earlier Wednesday, his comments about retirement drew some eyebrows:

"“It’s always something to think about at the running back position,” Rice said via CSNNE.com. “I’ll just put it out there — my goal was to make it 10 years in the NFL. Anything after 10, if I can’t do it the way I want to, then it’s something to think about. But, I’m young. I came in the NFL at 21 years old, a young guy. So, I’m still young; I’m only going to be 27 in January. So, there’s a lot of football left to be played.”"

Rice has averaged just 3.1 yards per carry this season while playing through a hip injury that caused him to miss one game, but he’s performed well below his career averages this year.

He probably won’t willingly retire anytime soon, but at the rate he’s going, no one is going to want him on their team in four years when he’s 30 years old.

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