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Ray Rice didn't play against the Redskins

Star running back Ray Rice didn't play at all during the Ravens' 23-17 victory over the Washington Redskins.

The Ravens made the decision to hold out Rice in advance of his pending two-game suspension for violating the NFL personal-conduct policy, a punishment stemming from his felony aggravated assault case following a domestic violence arrest at an Atlantic City casino in February.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh didn't indicate whether Rice will play in the fourth and final preseason game against the New Orleans Saints, but it would appear unlikely considering that the risk of injury could be increased playing with reserve offensive linemen.

"That was our plan this week," Harbaugh said of not playing Rice. "So, next week we'll let  you know. You'll see it when you see it."

The Ravens traditionally utilize the third preseason game to make preparations for the regular season. So, they started backup running back Bernard Pierce.

However, Pierce suffered a concussion against the Redskins on a high tackle to the head from safety Brandon Meriweather.

The Ravens rushed for only 82 yards on 28 carries, but 35 of those yards were gained by backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

"I thought the offensive line actually played pretty well," Harbaugh said despite quarterbacks being sacked three times and the Ravens averaging just 2.9 yards per carry. "It's not just the offensive line. I'm sure the guys were bat one-on-one a little bit. I didn't see any mistakes, in terms of errors.

"It seems like we were on the right guys. We'll see the tape, but I didn't see that. Sometimes, you have to hold the ball and that causes it, too. So, it's a group effort."

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