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SteelJones
01-14-2011, 11:42 PM
The Baltimore Ravens will battle the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC divisional game on Saturday afternoon and may be without one of their best players.

ESPN reported that Ravens running back Ray Rice is not feeling well heading into the big game on Saturday. Rice reportedly started feeling ill on Friday afternoon and has been vomiting at the team’s hotel.

If he is not healthy enough to play in tomorrow’s game, it would severely hurt the Ravens' chance to win in Pittsburgh.

The latest odds for this game as posted by online sportsbook, Skybook, have the Ravens listed as three-point underdogs, but that is subject to change depending on Rice’s status.

Rice is a key cog in the offense and had 17 carries for 57 yards on the ground in the victory against the Kansas City Chiefs, to advance to this game. Rice is known for turning small swing passes into huge gains and bailing out quarterback Joe Flacco, when the pressure gets to him.

Although the Ravens are deep in the running back position with Willis McGahee, Rice is a focal point of the Ravens offense.

The illness has yet to be identified, but if it is the flu, then other players could be affected although reports have yet to surface.

It is too late for the Ravens to alter the game plan if Rice is unable to play, putting the onus on the other backs to perform against a very good Pittsburgh run defense.

This has the potential to be a closely contested game between two bitter rivals, but without Rice the Ravens could be in trouble.

lionslicer
01-14-2011, 11:48 PM
Ravens wouldn't suffer that much without Rice. McGahee is a good backup to him, and if they really need to pound the rock, they have McClain. But I doubt they will, Steelers will shut down the running game early.

I'd rather see Ray Lewis or Ed Reed sick with swine flu.

davidtrout
01-14-2011, 11:56 PM
They weren't going to run on us anyway. I expect Rice will still play but, even if he doesn't, it won't hurt them that much. They have RBs will probably run just enough to keep our defense honest. Flacco will be the key to their offense, which I find promising.

tony hipchest
01-15-2011, 02:00 AM
i remember one time michael jordan had the flu.

as for willis, it is nice watching the re-match of the 1st game this year and remembering james harrison hit him so hard he fumbled the ball in raven territory and never returned to the game.

mcgaheee dont want none.

CaliStillersFan
01-15-2011, 03:34 AM
I hope McGahee starts, remember that hit Clark put on him in 08? I would love to see that moment recreated.

SteelKnight
01-15-2011, 03:53 AM
They weren't going to run on us anyway. I expect Rice will still play but, even if he doesn't, it won't hurt them that much. They have RBs will probably run just enough to keep our defense honest. Flacco will be the key to their offense, which I find promising.

It's not the run but the check down passes that Rice does so well that bothers me.

CaliStillersFan
01-15-2011, 03:55 AM
You know Ravens fans are going to be crying, " CONSPIRACY, some nutcase Steelers fan got little Ray sick". I can't hear it already.

tony hipchest
01-15-2011, 04:01 AM
after he rubs some vagisil on his vagina he will be fine. he wil play.

maybe he got the sniffles, but other than that, this is nothing more than a ploy leaked to the media for strategic purposes.

ravens will go to the air to open up the run and if/when they do, rice will be their man.

SacknificentStew56
01-15-2011, 04:22 AM
I doubt if Rice will miss this game. I say just let it out in the huddle like Steamin' Willie Beamen vomited if he has to.

CaliStillersFan
01-15-2011, 04:38 AM
I can see it now

Ray Rice up the middle
Gets stuck by Farrior
Pukes and fumbles
Returned for TD by Ziggy

Third Rail
01-15-2011, 05:06 AM
I hope Rice tries to play and ends up throwing up all over the field like Donovan McNabb in Super Bowl XXXIX.

pete74
01-15-2011, 05:22 AM
that feeling in his stomach thats making him throw up is called fear. he hears the footsteps already

Deserei90
01-15-2011, 05:35 AM
So He got the "Steeler Fever"?:noidea:

Deserei90
01-15-2011, 05:37 AM
You know Ravens fans are going to be crying, " CONSPIRACY, some nutcase Steelers fan got little Ray sick". I can't hear it already.I already heard a Ratbird Fan say it. They were saying Maybe some Steeler fans put poison in his food. SMH:doh:

JCPsteelers
01-15-2011, 05:52 AM
This would be a big loss if Rice didn't play. Their offense isn't as scary without him in the backfield.

Deserei90
01-15-2011, 05:56 AM
Someone confirmed on twitter that he have the stomach virus. He better hope he can get that treated, because the stomach virus ain't no joke. I had it and hated it. If it's the 24hr bug, then he's in trouble.I would hate to play feelin like sh**, especially in the cold weather were you'll really get sick. Maybe he should sit out:wink02:

steelersalaska
01-15-2011, 06:36 AM
I've heard of several opposing offense's players suddenly get "sick" the night before playing the Steelers in the past. lol

steeltheone
01-15-2011, 08:09 AM
It would be a set back for the Ravens.

jizzballz
01-15-2011, 08:15 AM
lol on the frozen tundra he will get crushed by ryan clark again...

Atlanta Dan
01-15-2011, 08:29 AM
Steelers have played against "sick" players at Heinz in the playoffs before - this from the AFC championship game Ben's rookie year

He was flat on his back, shaken up and shivering on a frigid winter's evening, and he began to fear he was losing the battle. Tom Brady, the New England Patriots' clutch quarterback, was laid out in room 304 of the Four Points Sheraton in Pittsburgh last Saturday night, his throat sore and his temperature at 103.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1104273/index.htm

Patriots 41 - Steelers 27 in a game that was over at halftime

Assuming he is sick, Rice will play through the miracles of modern medicine

FanSince72
01-15-2011, 08:33 AM
I think it's just a bunch of pre-game disinformation.

WeegiesWarriors
01-15-2011, 08:37 AM
I'd rather see Ray Lewis or Ed Reed sick with swine flu.

No way. I want Ray Ray on the field. I watched him exclusively against the Cheifs and the plays he didn't spend on his back he was running at the pile 3 seconds after the tackle. And I don't buy the whole he's the emotional leader slant either. If they want to spend a position on the field for a cheerleader then so be it. That's fine with me.

Watch him today. Win or lose... it won't be because of Ray Lewis. He's a has-been.

kirklandrules
01-15-2011, 08:41 AM
Steelers have played against "sick" players at Heinz in the playoffs before - this from the AFC championship game Ben's rookie year

He was flat on his back, shaken up and shivering on a frigid winter's evening, and he began to fear he was losing the battle. Tom Brady, the New England Patriots' clutch quarterback, was laid out in room 304 of the Four Points Sheraton in Pittsburgh last Saturday night, his throat sore and his temperature at 103.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1104273/index.htm

Patriots 41 - Steelers 27 in a game that was over at halftime

Assuming he is sick, Rice will play through the miracles of modern medicine

Just lets you know how powerful their cheating scheme was.

kirklandrules
01-15-2011, 08:54 AM
Having a stomach flu is a tough thing on a football player. He will not have any fuel in his belly for 24 hours. Even if they dump some IV sugar into him, he's still going to be weak.

Something important not mentioned and isn't given the credit it deserves is the health of the Ravens center. If he plays, he's obviously going to be on a less than 100% knee going against Big Snack, where even a healthy center has trouble. If he doesn't play, then it's a back-up in a key role (fumbled snaps, missed assignments and blown line calls). Have fun with that Ratbirds!

kirklandrules
01-15-2011, 09:03 AM
Just announced on ESPN. Ravens admit Rice had the stomach flu, but said it was minor and he will play today. There you have it.

pittsurghsteelers4life
01-15-2011, 10:19 AM
The Baltimore Ravens will battle the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC divisional game on Saturday afternoon and may be without one of their best players.

ESPN reported that Ravens running back Ray Rice is not feeling well heading into the big game on Saturday. Rice reportedly started feeling ill on Friday afternoon and has been vomiting at the team’s hotel.

If he is not healthy enough to play in tomorrow’s game, it would severely hurt the Ravens' chance to win in Pittsburgh.

The latest odds for this game as posted by online sportsbook, Skybook, have the Ravens listed as three-point underdogs, but that is subject to change depending on Rice’s status.

Rice is a key cog in the offense and had 17 carries for 57 yards on the ground in the victory against the Kansas City Chiefs, to advance to this game. Rice is known for turning small swing passes into huge gains and bailing out quarterback Joe Flacco, when the pressure gets to him.

Although the Ravens are deep in the running back position with Willis McGahee, Rice is a focal point of the Ravens offense.

The illness has yet to be identified, but if it is the flu, then other players could be affected although reports have yet to surface.

It is too late for the Ravens to alter the game plan if Rice is unable to play, putting the onus on the other backs to perform against a very good Pittsburgh run defense.

This has the potential to be a closely contested game between two bitter rivals, but without Rice the Ravens could be in trouble.
I hope he is VERY SICK

TRH
01-15-2011, 10:21 AM
or is it just one of these "Tom Brady, i'm sick, but, oh yeah, i'm going to play" type of things where in fact, he wasn't sick at all.

4xSBChamps
01-15-2011, 10:44 AM
I can see it now

Ray Rice up the middle
Gets stuck by Farrior
Pukes and fumbles
Returned for TD by Ziggy

James Harrison will be suspended for that hit

lionslicer
01-15-2011, 12:48 PM
No way. I want Ray Ray on the field. I watched him exclusively against the Cheifs and the plays he didn't spend on his back he was running at the pile 3 seconds after the tackle. And I don't buy the whole he's the emotional leader slant either. If they want to spend a position on the field for a cheerleader then so be it. That's fine with me.

Watch him today. Win or lose... it won't be because of Ray Lewis. He's a has-been.

He's the Peyton Manning of that defense, if he isn't on the field, they are only 50% effective. No way some 2 year backup knows whats going on well enough to do what he does.

LVSteelersfan
01-15-2011, 01:01 PM
He's the Peyton Manning of that defense, if he isn't on the field, they are only 50% effective. No way some 2 year backup knows whats going on well enough to do what he does.

To do what he does? You mean pile on top of the person who is already tackled and take credit for the tackle. Ray Lewis is the most overhyped player in the league by far. It is just his ugly mug and his big mouth that attracts the media to him. I hope Pouncey gets to the second level and knocks him on his arse repeatedly in today's game.

lionslicer
01-15-2011, 01:08 PM
To do what he does? You mean pile on top of the person who is already tackled and take credit for the tackle. Ray Lewis is the most overhyped player in the league by far. It is just his ugly mug and his big mouth that attracts the media to him. I hope Pouncey gets to the second level and knocks him on his arse repeatedly in today's game.

:banging:

Do you know who "peyton manning" is?... Ray is a very smart guy, he makes every adjustment on that defense, sometimes he even tells Reed where to be. He's prepared, he makes everyone else more prepared than they would be without him.

He sucks in coverage, he blitzes way more than he used to because he can't cover, he's not fast enough to make tackles outside the box, only time he'll make a tacke is if someone runs into him or he jumps on a pile. But his presense middle of the field makes teams run outside, and its his adjustments and audibles that make that defense a top 10 defense every year.
His body sucks, but you can't say if he wasn't in the game the Ravens defense would e better or something, thats just insane to think that. I'm insane and I don't think that, so you must be like insanely insane.

bdravens
01-15-2011, 01:33 PM
i remember one time michael jordan had the flu.

as for willis, it is nice watching the re-match of the 1st game this year and remembering james harrison hit him so hard he fumbled the ball in raven territory and never returned to the game.

mcgaheee dont want none.

It was also nice watching the first game when flacco and houshmandzadeh burn McFadden for the game winning score. McFadden don't want none

Steelboy84
01-15-2011, 03:09 PM
He won't miss this game.

TRH
01-15-2011, 03:14 PM
i still think its a fake....

SteelerEmpire
01-15-2011, 08:04 PM
It was also nice watching the first game when flacco and houshmandzadeh burn McFadden for the game winning score. McFadden don't want none

TOLD you he was sick.... MORON .... lol... NOW GO HOME !!!!