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Report: “Real belief” that Ray Rice will play again

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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.

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25 Responses to “Report: “Real belief” that Ray Rice will play again”
  1. jjrs89 says: Sep 11, 2016 11:39 AM

    Not a chance. His skills were very much in decline before he was even cut. Now he is gonna get a shot 3 years away from the game? Come on

  2. 4th Down says: Sep 11, 2016 11:42 AM

    Unlike Hardy, Rice has said and done all the right things.

  3. jwcarlson says: Sep 11, 2016 11:46 AM

    He was an older, more troublesome version of Trent Richardson. And where is Trent playing now?

  4. mlvcfan says: Sep 11, 2016 11:49 AM

    Between this and the Lynch story I feel like someone is messing with the Fantasy community trying to see haw they can get everyone to RUSH to waivers and grab these non factors LOL nicely done

  5. Bubbalicious says: Sep 11, 2016 11:49 AM

    To removed from the game, 2 years out – won’t happen. Don’t need an aged running back.

  6. FoozieGrooler says: Sep 11, 2016 12:05 PM

    4th Down says:
    “..Unlike Hardy, Rice has said and done all the right things…”

    Except for the part where he viciously beat his ol’ lady unconscious.


  7. mmack66 says: Sep 11, 2016 12:06 PM

    A job in the league office? As what? The guy that runs Goodell’s personal elevator?

  8. qbarrel says: Sep 11, 2016 12:09 PM

    4th Down says:
    Sep 11, 2016 11:42 AM
    Unlike Hardy, Rice has said and done all the right things.


    Which (unfortunately for him) does not amount to a hill of beans now that he’s all washed up.

  9. phinfan says: Sep 11, 2016 12:12 PM

    His quick career ending was a smack to the head…


  10. medialovesthecowboys says: Sep 11, 2016 12:13 PM

    If Rice was a linebacker, or a safety, or a punter…maybe.

  11. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 11, 2016 12:16 PM

    The federal judge nvolved in this said she was certain Goodell was lying when he said he hadnt seen the video of Rice’s assault.

    We know the Ravens owner and gm saw it and buried it as a minor incident of little consequence.

    That vile trio made Rice’s wife get up in front of a mic and take responsibility for the attack, which is another form of domestic abuse, blaming the victim for the beating they got.

    That’s the real integrity of the nfl. Domestic violence is meaningless to them unless there is video or photos that expose the real horror of it.

  12. PigskinHub says: Sep 11, 2016 12:19 PM

    Just goes to show, little boys and girls of America, you can get away with pretty much anything as long as you say you’re sorry after the fact.

  13. bellerophon30 says: Sep 11, 2016 12:19 PM

    He’s paid his debt, I’ll agree to that. But at his age, with his declining production even before the elevator…..well who’s going to want the hassle? Because there are a lot of people who don’t think he’ll ever finish paying the debt, and they’ll be very loud.

  14. rootpain says: Sep 11, 2016 12:22 PM

    Saying and doing all the right things should certainly allow him the opportunity to get his life back in order. But certainly not within the NFL. That was a one strike and you are out offence.

  15. tigershark0052 says: Sep 11, 2016 12:26 PM

    He hasn’t played in two years. He was slowing when last played. He is still a PR hit. He is still a loser. No team will sign him.

  16. mcjon22 says: Sep 11, 2016 12:33 PM

    I’d be okay if he got another shot.

    It’s basically been a 2 year suspension.

    Vick did prison time and was back in the league in 2 years.

  17. Patskrieg says: Sep 11, 2016 12:45 PM

    No thank you, on every conceivable level.

    And the people who still believe he didn’t do anything wrong can go with him.

  18. bankai78 says: Sep 11, 2016 1:02 PM

    Out of all the women beaters in the NFL I feel like Ray Rice is the most remorseful out of them. Ed hardy, j. Brown, not so much

  19. spotsdad says: Sep 11, 2016 1:17 PM

    Sounds like an NFL FO leak. Goodell didn’t even want to punish him ( barely did ) until We The People spoke out. He and the Ravens are FOGS (Friends of Goodell ). No team would take the PR hit and sign the guy so Roger gave him a job speaking and sweeping up around Park Ave,

  20. spotsdad says: Sep 11, 2016 1:18 PM

    I wonder what Brady would get for punishment if there was video of him hitting a woman?

  21. rogerpredactor says: Sep 11, 2016 1:21 PM

    His skills were eroding.
    I don’t see how he is even the same running back at 29 years old.
    It certainly looks like Ray Rice has some folks in the media working for him now.

    I suppose a job in the NFL office is not out of the question…if he really is repentant it would make a very good messenger for Rookies.

  22. genericcommenter says: Sep 11, 2016 1:29 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Sep 11, 2016 12:16 PM

    That vile trio made Rice’s wife get up in front of a mic and take responsibility for the attack, which is another form of domestic abuse, blaming the victim for the beating they got.

    Isn’t a form of abuse to assume grown women can’t make their own decisions, and that everything they choose to do is because a man made them do it? I get the impression she chose to forgive him, wants to keep their family together, and would rather have an employed husband. Everything else is a factor, for sure, but victims also have the agency to choose how to move on.

  23. satanclaus69 says: Sep 11, 2016 6:57 PM

    So what if the league office saw the video??

    So what. They didn’t say anything more about what was on the video than Janae Rice did in the press conference. The video shows that she hit him twice and spit in his face. He gave her 1 slap to the face and she hit the floor. It’s not how I would have handled it but, it was self defense and all of you people out there that want to claim that women are equal, she got what any man would have gotten…..struck until subdued… nothing more. He didn’t initiate the assault, I’m sure it probably wasn’t in his plans to wait until they got to the elevator to assault her.

    Did he really deserve to be black balled through the whole league??

  24. j0esixpack says: Sep 11, 2016 7:59 PM

    Goodell gave Rice 2 games and now gave Josh Brown of the Giants just a 1 game suspicion for beating his wife 2 dozen times

    Of course Rice will play again

    Goodell himself is prone to violence, pushing Refs, and is of course quite vindictive, suspending Brady even though his own PSI evidence shows that the NFL is corrupt and Brady innocent

    He can do what he wants – even suspend the Laws of Physics to show someone is guilty

    If you’re a friend of Roger or an owner he needs to appease, you can even refuse to give up your cellphone in an employee sexual harassment case (if your name is Brett Fravre) and just have a fine

  25. danfromindy says: Sep 12, 2016 2:37 PM

    I don’t get the comments about his skills going down. He was injured his last year. When he was healthy, he was a good back.

    Gore is older and still playing. Bring him to the Colts… Actually, unless he is going to play defense, we probably should shop other places.

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