Coach John Harbaugh reiterated Monday that the Baltimore Ravens don’t believe that Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice suffered a significant hip injury, and he didn’t rule Rice out of Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans at M&T Bank Stadium.
Rice exited Baltimore’s victory over the Cleveland Browns early in the fourth quarter with what Harbaugh called a strained hip flexor. Harbaugh said that Rice, who went down untouched on a running play and immediately grabbed his left hip, hasn’t taken an MRI exam and there’s no current plans for him to get one.
“That’s the indication, that it’s not anything that’s really serious,” Harbaugh said. “They would be looking at it [further] if they thought it was. We’ll just be day-to-day with him.”
Rice needed help to get down the stairs leading to the Ravens’ locker room during Sunday’s game. He later came back out to the sideline without the help of crutches though he was walking with a pronounced limp.
Harbaugh said that he’s leaning toward holding Rice out of practice during the week, but that would not preclude him from playing Sunday against the 2-0 Texans.
●TEXANS: Wide receiver Andre Johnson has a concussion, and the team will keep a watchful eye on him as it prepared for the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens.
Coach Gary Kubiak confirmed Monday that Johnson suffered a concussion on a fourth-quarter grab that set up the tying touchdown by Arian Foster. Johnson took a hard hit from safety Bernard Pollard and left the game.
Kubiak is optimistic about Johnson’s return for Baltimore.
●EAGLES: Chip Kelly is learning the NFL rule book on the job.
The do-it-his-way coach didn’t think he could use a timeout to allow a banged-up Michael Vick to stay in the game during an important moment in Philadelphia’s loss to San Diego.
Upon further review, Kelly realized he was wrong.
“That’s on me. I didn’t think we could,” Kelly said Monday. “I should have asked. I think it’s difficult for anybody to be familiar with any rule because the rule book is so thick.”
●BUCCANEERS: Safety Dashon Goldson has been suspended for one game for flagrant and repeat violations of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.
Goldson can’t practice this week nor play in Tampa Bay’s game Sunday against New England. He can return to football activities with the team Monday.
●PATRIOTS: Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard has admitted to violating probation by drinking alcohol and driving in Nebraska in July.
Dennard’s admission came during a Monday appearance in Lancaster County District Court in Lincoln.
A judge will announce at a disposition hearing Dec. 5 whether his probation will be revoked. He remains free until then.
Dennard, who played college football at Nebraska, was placed on two years probation for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest outside a Lincoln bar in 2012.
●49ERS: Defensive tackle Ian Williams is expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a broken left ankle. He was undergoing surgery Monday.
Williams was cut blocked by Seahawks guard J.R. Sweezy during Sunday’s loss to Seattle.
San Francisco is left with little depth on the defensive line.
●FALCONS: Defensive end Kroy Biermann and fullback Bradie Ewing have been lost to season-ending injuries.
Biermann tore his right Achilles’ tendon and Ewing separated his left shoulder in Sunday’s win over the Rams. Coach Mike Smith said each will be placed on the reserve injured list.
●PANTHERS: Safety Charles Godfrey is out for the remainder of the season with a torn right Achilles’ tendon.
●RAIDERS: Safety Tyvon Branch will likely miss significant time with a right ankle injury.