There’s apparently a rumor floating around that the NFL will suspend Ravens running back Ray Rice two games under the personal-conduct policy for his offseason assault on the woman who later became his wife.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Rice has not yet been informed of a suspension, or of the expected duration of a suspension.
For now, it appears that some loose chatter in league circles has bubbled up to the surface. In the end, Rice very well may get two games. Some would say he should get more — especially since Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger got four games in 2010 without ever being arrested or charged.
The wild card in Rice’s case comes from the contents of the surveillance video showing the punch that rendered Janay Rice unconscious. While Ray has defended himself (through a lawyer speaking in hypotheticals) by pointing to the notion that the one-punch knockout came after Ray absorbed several less potent blows, it’s safe to say the Commissioner won’t care — especially if that video contains images as troubling or worse than the video that has emerged of Rice dragging Janay out of an elevator after the incident.
Whatever the suspension, the sooner the Ravens know, the sooner they can plan for filling out the tailback depth chart in his absence.