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Pro Bowler Rice questionable with bruised knee, plans to play

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Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is questionable for Sunday's AFC North showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers with a bruised right knee, the team announced Friday.

Rice, who hurt his knee during the fourth quarter of last Sunday's 24-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns, was limited in practice Friday.

An MRI on Monday revealed no ligament or cartilage damage, and Rice told reporters Thursday that he will be ready to play.

"If I'm able to do the things I can do and be the Ray Rice I can be, there's no question on whether I'll play or not," Rice said. "At the end of the day, Sunday's the ultimate test."

Now in his third NFL season, Rice made the Pro Bowl last season and currently leads the Ravens in rushing yards with 210.

Also questionable for the Ravens are linebacker Edgar Jones (thigh), offensive lineman Tony Moll (hip), and defensive end Cory Redding (head). Tackle Jared Gaither (back), linebacker Tavares Gooden (shoulder), and wide receiver Donte Stallworth (foot) are out.

Center Matt Birk (back), cornerback Chris Carr (thigh), guard Chris Chester (back), tight end Todd Heap (shoulder), and linebacker Jarret Johnson (back) are probable for the Ravens.

Quarterback Dennis Dixon (knee), guard Trai Essex (ankle), and defensive tackle Chris Hoke (knee) are out for the undefeated Steelers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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