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Joe Flacco downplays amount of audibles in Houston game

One day after Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron indicated that one of the reasons Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice only had nine carries against the Houston Texans was audibles limiting his involvement, quarterback Joe Flacco downplayed the play-calling situation.

"You know what? Maybe early on in the game," Flacco said when asked if he had audibled out of running plays. "But once the game got going, we were kind of going up and running the play."

Rice carried the football a season-low nine times for 42 yards during the 43-13 loss after rushing for 27 yards on three carries in the Ravens' first series.

On Thursday, Cameron said the Ravens needed to make sure that the audibles didn't reduce Rice's workload.

"Ray is a big part of what we’re doing," Cameron said. "We have to make sure that within our audible system the audibles don’t take the ball out of his hands, based on what the defense might be dictating. I think there are a lot of things that factor in.

"We’ve had some situations where the score dictated that the bottom line is we’re going to have to throw it to him more than we hand it to him. No. 1, let’s not be in that situation anymore, and let’s make sure that we don’t let our audible system take the ball out his hands.”

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