Good vibes may be coming to former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. There is a growing sense around the league that Rice may get a chance to play in the NFL this season, according to a league source.
After Week 1, NFL player contracts are no longer guaranteed for the season, increasing the chance for Rice to play again. Also adding to that chance is the running backs who continue to fall to injury in opening weeks. In the past teams such as the Cleveland Browns and the Buffalo Bills have considered signing Rice.
Even though Rice who is 29, hasn’t played since Dec. 29, 2013 he is still ready to play with the big boys. He has been working out consistently and staying in NFL shape with hopes to play again.
The NFL has been very impressed with how Rice handled his football exile that they have even consider hiring him and adding him to the league office as a spokesman, according to a league source.
Rice told USA Today Sports in July that he would donate his entire 2016 salary to charity if signed by an NFL team this season.
Rice, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, was suspended indefinitely by the NFL in September 2014 and was released by the Ravens when a video surfaced of him punching his then-fiancée in an elevator. His suspension was later overturned by a neutral arbitrator.