Ravens RB Ray Rice expects to play

Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl tailback Ray Rice told reporters Thursday that he expects to play this weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rice bruised his knee late in last week's win over the Cleveland Browns.

This is in line with what most of the Steelers said in the locker room this week. Rice, who is one of the few tailbacks to have success against Pittsburgh's defense, was described by the Steelers as a "gamer" and "tough player." Pittsburgh was preparing this week for Rice to play, and it turns out that will be the case.

In other Ravens news, defensive end Trevor Pryce was signed by the New York Jets. Baltimore planned to re-sign Pryce, who was cut by the Ravens this week and scooped up by former Baltimore defensive coordinator and Jets head coach Rex Ryan.