ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning that there’s “a real belief” and “a growing sense” in league circles that running back Ray Rice get a chance to play again.
Rice hasn’t played since he was cut by the Ravens after video of Rice punching his then-fiance surfaced in Sept. 2014.
Schefter said on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” that, “in speaking to some teams around the league, there’s a real belief that Ray Rice has a real chance to get back into the league this year.
“[Rice] has been pushing for this. He’s been staying in shape and I think he has the league’s backing.”
Interestingly, Schefter also said that “the league also might have interest…considering him for a role in the league office.” Rice has been on the speaking circuit and addressed the Ravens’ rookies last spring.
Rice, 29, played six seasons for the Ravens and was a three-time Pro Bowler. After four straight seasons of more than 1,100 rushing yards, he ran for just 660 yards and averaged 3.1 yards per carry in 2013. He was cut the week after the season opener in 2014.