Rice suffered a hip flexor injury in Week 2, and the injury led to the Pro Bowl running back putting on some weight. According to Harbaugh, Rice weighed as much as 217 pounds last year. The Ravens would like Rice to play at about 207 pounds.
There have been reports that Rice has worked hard this offseason to shed pounds and is close to that targeted weight. The Ravens believe Rice will benefit from the team's new cross trainer coach.
"We talked about some of the stuff that we’ve done with our training program to try and lean him up a little bit," Harbaugh said. "He’s under 210 right now. I’d like to see him around 205, 207 [pounds]. That’s where he was his first couple of years, and then he crept up to about 212 in the Super Bowl year. It was still good for him. He was still very explosive. And then last year through the injury, he got up to at least 217, which was just too big.”
Rice rushed for 660 yards last season, his lowest output since becoming the Ravens' featured back in 2009. He only had one run over 20 yards last season after having five such runs the previous season.
The Ravens are hoping that Rice will bounce back with fewer injuries and fewer pounds.
"He tried to fight through it the whole year and he was probably good enough to play, but not good enough to excel," Harbaugh said.