Two days after Suggs questioned how many carries Rice got in a 12-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Ravens clearly had moved on from both the defeat and the comments.
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Ravens coach John Harbaugh essentially agreed with Suggs on Tuesday and said that the outspoken linebacker's heart is in the right place.
Asked if too much was made of the comments, Suggs said, "Like I said, there's really no big deal about that. We're a great team when those guys get the ball. That's what I meant. We have to take our hats off to Jacksonville. They went out there and they played a very physical game. They won the game, but we can't give them any help. That's what I meant by it."
Rice, meanwhile, was more interested in talking about Sunday's matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, a game in which he expects to have a bigger role.
"I'm going to be one of the guys that brings this offense back together. I'm not going to be the guy to point fingers," Rice said. "We're all in this together. We were all there Monday night and we know what happened — we didn't execute. That's going to be me getting more carries. Going forward, I'm positive we'll be more successful."
Rice set season lows in carries (eight), rushing yards (28) and total yards from scrimmage (63) in the game.
"Yeah, I definitely expect to be more involved," Rice said. "My involvement hasn't changed in this offense since the beginning of the season. But I don't want [offensive coordinator] Cam [Cameron] to feel like they've got to force me the ball. I'm not that kind of guy. My carries come when the whole offense has success, and I look forward to having that success going forward."
Rice also addressed an implication on ESPN's telecast of the game that he and running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery had some sort of exchange and that he had been benched after his first-quarter fumble.
"I was just trying to find a groove. I was not taken out," Rice said. "Me and Wilbert Montgomery did not get into any altercation. I was in those series. We were just trying to find a groove. There was no play-calling issues, there were no issues on the sideline. We were just trying to find the answers to move the ball. It had nothing to do with me and the fumble. It had everything to do with us trying to find the answer to get to the next drive."
Reed, Zbikowski practice; Evans, Grubbs do not
Safety Ed Reed and nose tackle Terrence Cody, who both suffered stingers on the same play Monday, participated fully in Wednesday's practice. They were joined by safety Tom Zbikowski, who hasn't been fully cleared for contact after sustaining a concussion Oct. 2, but was listed as a full participant.
Zbikowski, who has missed the past two games, still has to take a concussion test and see a neurologist, but he's optimistic that he'll be cleared in time to play Sunday.
"I'm feeling good," said Zbikowski, who also said that he's been symptom-free for four or five days. "I was feeling good by the end of last week, too, but just wanted to be cautious and wasn't quite cleared yet. Just practicing now without contact, keep making sure there's no symptoms and hopefully be ready for Sunday."
Chris Carr, who has missed three straight games with a hamstring injury, was listed as a limited participant for Wednesday's practice. Running back Anthony Allen (thigh), wide receiver Lee Evans (ankle) and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring) did not practice.
Heap questionable for game
Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said that tight end Todd Heap is "busting his hump to try and get back" for Sunday's game against his former team.
Heap, who played with the Ravens for 10 seasons, has missed the past two games for the Cardinals with a hamstring injury. He was a limited participant in Arizona's practice Wednesday.
"He's real close, but we have to make sure as this week progresses [that] he can handle it, opening up and blocking and those things that we're going to ask him to do," Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said in a conference call with the Baltimore media. "We've got to make sure his hamstring is in a position where he can do that."