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Running back injuries could open the door for Ray Rice’s long-awaited second chance

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ESPN had a head-scratching report on the first Sunday of the regular season regarding Ray Rice. Gone and largely forgotten for two years, there’s supposedly a “real belief that Ray Rice has a real chance” to get back into the NFL this season.

However real the chance is, it’s getting more real ever, especially after a Sunday that entailed a rash of running back injuries. From Adrian Peterson of the Vikings to Doug Martin of the Buccaneers to Ameer Abdullah of the Lions to Danny Woodhead of the Chargers to Jonathan Stewart of the Panthers to Thomas Rawls of the Seahawks to Arian Foster of the Dolphins to Rashad Jennings of the Giants, guys at the most physically demanding position on the field are getting banged up, which will bump up the list of potential free-agent additions guys like Rice.

Some teams will opt for a next-man-up approach, backfilling with young, cheap running backs who will play special teams. At some point, however, a team will decide to bring a new man in, and at some point that new man could be Rice.

If it doesn’t happen this year for Rice, it never will. Given the various running back injuries, it could happen this month.

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28 Responses to “Running back injuries could open the door for Ray Rice’s long-awaited second chance”
  1. hibcid16 says: Sep 19, 2016 6:22 PM

    While I think (like everyone else who is normal) that what he did was horrible, and while at first I didn’t feel he took totally responsibility, I also think that since then he has taken the correct steps, participated in the right programs and speaking engagements, and has rehabilitated his behavior and image. So this is America, right? Why not now give him a second chance at making a team?

  2. wiskybuck says: Sep 19, 2016 6:23 PM

    Ain’t happening.

  3. justphinbaby says: Sep 19, 2016 6:42 PM

    I re-watch that video and I cant imagine anyone hiring this guy. But I don’t own an NFL team.

  4. doe22us says: Sep 19, 2016 6:42 PM

    Almost three years removed, i doubt it will happen.

  5. djbg2002 says: Sep 19, 2016 6:46 PM

    Hardy got a shot

  6. furfishandfeathers says: Sep 19, 2016 6:47 PM

    If he had anything left in the tank, he would have been picked up already.

  7. minson15 says: Sep 19, 2016 6:50 PM

    Seahawks won’t pick him up but I see someone like Tampa taking a chance, or the Giants.

  8. j0esixpack says: Sep 19, 2016 6:57 PM

    He’s still out?

    I thought Goodell only gave him a 2 game suspension?

    In other words Goodell came gave Rice TWICE the penalty he did to Josh Brown, kicker on John Mara’s Giants – even though Josh Brown has 20 instances of abusing his wife

    Of course I’m sure that has nothing to do with the fact that Josh Brown is white and Ray Rice is black

    Maybe in Roger Goodell’s opinion, in Josh Brown’s case, his wife was “asking for it”?

    Or maybe he was just doing another favor to one of his New York owners.

    In any case, these 1 or 2 game suspensions are actually what Roger Goodell thinks is “getting tough” on Domestic Violence.

    The drop in NFL ratings may just be disgusted women – good job Rog!

  9. FlashPatterson says: Sep 19, 2016 7:00 PM

    I’d be willing to bet that door is shut tightly. If you remember he didn’t play very well before he knocked out his wife. The Ravens were gonna cut him anyway.. they just got a convenient excuse.

  10. pittsburghdamned says: Sep 19, 2016 7:03 PM

    As long as it’s not an elevator door.

  11. abninf says: Sep 19, 2016 7:06 PM

    Imagine him playing away games and the home team puts on the elevator video every time he comes onto the field.

    I’m still amazed at how hard he punched that girl. I mean damn.

  12. absolutevisuals says: Sep 19, 2016 7:16 PM

    He deserves one in my opinion. He probably shouldn’t of knocked her out but she didn’t hit him first. Lets stop excusing one thing over the other and keep it objective and equal. Janay was in the wrong. Ray Rice’s response was in the wrong. But we live in a culture were we still think it’s humorous or acceptable for females to assault men without consequence. I don’t condone the beating of anybody for no reason, nor domestic violence. But I can’t in good faith demonize one person without looking at the other, when it’s there.

    Now Greg Hardy or Rae Curruth – that’s something way different.

  13. learysdisciples says: Sep 19, 2016 7:21 PM

    Or, he could not. We can only speculate the speculation.

  14. fmc651 says: Sep 19, 2016 7:29 PM

    The Ravens need to take him back.

  15. 33vikes says: Sep 19, 2016 7:31 PM

    Does anyone recall that he was old, slow, and unable to gain yardage before he punched out his future wife?

    Good luck Ray, you’re going to need it.

  16. Della Street says: Sep 19, 2016 7:42 PM

    NO.

  17. tsuscrumhalf says: Sep 19, 2016 8:16 PM

    The season before, his performance was subpar, but that was twofold. 1 – he was injured & trying to play thru it. 2 – the O-Line was atrocious that season, Flacco was on his butt more than he was upright that season.

    While his actions that night are beyond reprehensible, that shouldn’t eliminate him from getting a 2nd shot. He could be a great spokesman for Dom Violence in whatever city employs him. He’d take that role & do more with it than most activists could ever do.

    The team that signs him (if one does) will get more than the league minimum in off the field contributions.

  18. charger383 says: Sep 19, 2016 8:32 PM

    I would like to see him play again

  19. drswaggletooth says: Sep 19, 2016 8:36 PM

    Get real, they were both spitting on each other and she was punching him, she missed and he did not. There is no way the punch did the damage she cracked her drunken head out when she fell into the hand rail. Funny, that the police watch the video and determine that there is no way they could convict him of a crime…but the NFL basically banned the guy for life.

  20. 3yardsndust says: Sep 19, 2016 8:37 PM

    Ray Rice can go get a job at the grocery store. He’s old, slow and lacks basic empathy or a conscience.

  21. nflgtcfl says: Sep 19, 2016 9:25 PM

    If it was going to happen, it would have happened by now.

  22. spitfisher says: Sep 19, 2016 9:40 PM

    A Mr Jerry Jones is on Line 2…..

  23. number1hawkfan says: Sep 19, 2016 10:01 PM

    The next person that writes that ray rice might get a shot should get fired. Have some creativity. This isn’t creative. This isn’t true and needs to be put to bed. If Ray Rice was good enough to overcome the PR problem he would. He simply isn’t. If Greg Hardy would have torn it up his last season in Dallas he would be playing right now. It’s simple math. Ability > Offense

  24. captainwhodat says: Sep 19, 2016 11:07 PM

    like Lestat, a silver knife is needed to kill this vampire…

  25. jonathankrobinson424 says: Sep 20, 2016 7:50 AM

    …he aint comming back…the NFL has effectively black balled him for LIFE. This is one player they know will tarnish their image. ……even though we all have own opinion s about the NFLs murky image already.

  26. newtoallthis23 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:04 PM

    Who among us if we were video taped for our wrong doings would have a job? It is ridiculous to hold this guy to a standard that any of us would think to be unfair if thrust upon us. This is coming from a 46 yr old caucasian guy who has never hit a woman, but done wrong in his life like anyone else. It is not right what he did, but he should not have his ability to work taken away. Hope he gets another chance.

  27. newtoallthis23 says: Sep 20, 2016 6:23 PM

    Ray Rice can go get a job at the grocery store. He’s old, slow and lacks basic empathy or a conscience.
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    Is that what you would do if your profession black balled you for a mistake that you profusely apologized for and went and spoke to the masses to help them as well? So if some caught you lying on tape and you could never work ever work in your profession would you feel like that was just?

  28. natelan says: Sep 22, 2016 5:32 PM

    newtoallthis23 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 12:04 PM
    Who among us if we were video taped for our wrong doings would have a job? It is ridiculous to hold this guy to a standard that any of us would think to be unfair if thrust upon us. This is coming from a 46 yr old caucasian guy who has never hit a woman, but done wrong in his life like anyone else. It is not right what he did, but he should not have his ability to work taken away. Hope he gets another chance.
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    Playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right. Nobody said he can’t work; he just can’t work for the NFL anymore. It’s his fault and nobody else’s.

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