Source: Lions won’t be signing Ray Rice

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With more and more (and more) running backs getting injured in the first two weeks of the 2016 regular season, the name “Ray Rice” may be moving higher and higher up the list of available free agents at the position.

One team with connections to Rice is the Lions. Coach Jim Caldwell won a Super Bowl there as offensive coordinator with Rice as the starting tailback, and receiver Anquan Boldin was a member of that same team, as was defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.

On Wednesday, Jason McIntyre of and FS1 reported that the Lions are having “serious internal discussions” about adding Rice to the team. A source with direct knowledge of the team’s thinking on this matter, however, said the Lions won’t be signing Rice.

Despite any connections to Rice from his Ravens days, the Lions recently took heat for deviating from their “zero tolerance” policy regarding “domestic violence and dangerous weapons” by signing tight end Andrew Quarless. Although the team found a way to plausibly navigate the apparent inconsistency as to Quarless (who was recently cut), there’s no navigating around the video of Rice knocking out his then-fiancée.

The Lions recently brought in Joique Bell for a workout following an injury to Ameer Abdullah, who has been placed on injured reserve. Theo Riddick takes over as the starter during Abdullah’s absence; he can return in eight weeks.

25 responses to “Source: Lions won’t be signing Ray Rice

  1. I wanted Rice to get a second chance but now i worry that if signed, the likelyhood of suffering injury are greater because 1.) Hes a running back which is brutal in itself and 2.) Because soft tissue injuries are so common among people that take long breaks away from any strenuous activity. It’s a tough call. Part of me wants to feel bad for him in that regard. Another part of me just keeps having flashbacks of that mean left hook as well soooo

  2. It’s hard to imagine there aren’t more serviceable backs out there than Ray Rice. The way the NFL is covered now centers more on stories like Rice’s and Kaepernick’s and even Fitzpatrick’s beard, and shies away from Xs, Os, and discourse of strategy in general.

    It’s a sad state of affairs, and Ray Rice is just a portion of it.

  3. I’m ALL for second chances but he’s snake bit –
    besides he’s been out the league too long
    and he’s considered “soft” which means :
    not in playing condition.

  4. The worst thing that happened to Rice in his last year of Football was an average yard per carry of 3 yards.
    The fact that he knocked out his wife means nothing to the NFL

  5. Of course they aren’t going to sign him. They have to bring him in for a workout first THEN sign him. np~ He’s paid his dues to society. Give him a chance.

  6. I don’t even know if Ray Rice can play at a high enough level to warrant a signing, but does a player ever get a chance at a second chance? I know many do, but is the video the only reason? His case was adjucated, I think he should get another chance. (Unless he can’t run the ball successfully or if he still hits his wife)

  7. Man you’d swear Ray Rice tortured and killed dogs or guilty of obstructing justice in a murder case..

    Anyway so apparently punching a woman who attacked you first is worse than mutilating and murdering dogs and trying to hinder a murder case. Got it.

  8. Ray Rice has been out of the game long enough and is old… he’s not still unemployed because of his actions, he’s unemployed because he’s washed up.

  9. jojopuppyfish says:
    Sep 21, 2016 10:38 PM

    The worst thing that happened to Rice in his last year of Football was an average yard per carry of 3 yards.
    The fact that he knocked out his wife means nothing to the NFL

    No, the worst thing that happened to him was that video going public. Until then the Ravens were quite happy with Rice and even persuaded his girlfriend to accept all the blame for it. Once that video got out, nobody is going to touch him.

    I understand all those people who say a guy should get a second chance. That doesn’t mean someone owes him a job in the NFL. After this and the Greg Hardy incident, those with domestic abuse charges are so toxic that nobody wants any part of them. Is it fair? What is fair? The fact is that life is often not fair. Maybe if he had spent more time thinking about his actions before going Mike Tyson on his girlfriend he wouldn’t have been in this position. A second chance? Sure but that can’t erase the memory of what he did. I’m not equating him with a murderer but even if you give a murderer a second chance, that doesn’t erase what that person did. Ray Rice has a second chance but that doesn’t mean any NFL team has to give him a job. Combine his actions with how he performed in his last year and his production is not worth all the baggage he’d bring.

  10. Rice’s last year w/the Ravens was bad. 2 reasons. 1 – he was playing hurt. 2 – the OLine was abysmal – Flacco spent more time on his butt than in the pocket that year. No one, not Jim Brown or Walter Payton or Earl Campbell would have been successful behind that beaten up, IR’d, O-Line that year.

    Give Ray a chance.

  11. Yes Rice had a bad year, the last time he played. The O-Line for Baltimore was REALLY bad that year. Give guy a chance. There’s more gas left in that tank.

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