Baltimore Ravens running back, Ray Rice, suffered a strained left hip flexor Sunday during the fourth quarter of the Ravens’ victory over the Cleveland Browns. As Dan Hanzus of NFL.com tells us, the Ravens are extremely optimistic about his possible return. Rice is a big part of the Ravens’ offense and losing him for any length of time would put the black birds’ offense in a cage it could not escape. However, head coach John Harbaugh is confident he will not lose Rice for an extended period since tests showed no significant damage, telling reporters, "Indication is it's not anything that is serious. We'll just be day to day with him."Indications are that Rice will be held out of practice all week and will be re-evaluated before Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans. Even if Rice plays against the Texans, backup RB Bernard Pierce will get an increased number of carries.After Rice went down on Sunday, Pierce was more than capable, making the most of his chance against the Browns, finishing with 19 carries for 57 yards and one touchdown.Hopefully, Pierce can give RR some much-needed R&R on Sunday. You can follow me on twitter @TheSoftParade69Talk football talk cigars talk anything, I know a little about a lot. Follow @TheNFLInjuryRpt Looking for fantasy football advice?