Continued from page 1

Ray Rice is extremely important to this team,” guard Kelechi Osemele said. “If you don’t have a running game you won’t have a passing game. Guys will just pin their ears back and rush. Ray is also a great blocker and can slip out of the backfield and make some plays in open space, too. You can’t really replace a player like that.”

During the regular season Rice fumbled only one time, and Baltimore recovered the loose ball. Against the Colts, he lost two fumbles. He accepted blame for the miscues, but vows it won’t happen again. Ever.

“As a runner, there’s a certain time where you have to be smart, and going to the playoffs, I have to be smart,” he said. “As a runner, you learn from it. It’s not something that I’m used to doing, obviously. I’m used to scoring touchdowns and making plays. I will continue to try to make plays, but I’ll be smarter.”