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April 19, 2007
PISCATAWAY, N.J. ? Rutgers running back Ray Rice will not participate in Saturday's spring game and will miss the next four to six weeks following ankle surgery.
"Ray had a small piece of bone removed from his ankle," Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said after practice Thursday. "It's not a serious deal. It's something he's practiced with all spring and played with last fall. We just wanted to get a head start ? rather than wait until next week."
Rice's absence will give Rutgers a chance to showcase speedy backup Kordell Young, who rushed 138 yards and 4.8 yards per carry as a freshman last year.
A Rivals.com first-team All-Big East member, Rice rushed for 1,794 yards and 20 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2006.
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