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Ray Rice | Running Back

Team: Baltimore Ravens
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/22/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 212
College: Rutgers
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Joe Flacco observed after spring practices that Ray Rice is "definitely in good shape."
"I don’t know if he’s any quicker or anything like that," said Flacco. "I can say he definitely looks good and he’s running the ball well." Rice has shed about 20 pounds since the end of last season and hopes to bounce back after a career-worst year. The 27-year-old's biggest concern is a possible multi-game ban to open the season. The NFL is expected to hand down discipline shortly. Jul 4 - 11:02 AM

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According to ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley, Ray Rice has appeared "much lighter on his feet" at minicamp, after shedding nearly 20 pounds in the offseason.

Rice played last season in the 215-225 range. He reported to spring workouts at roughly 205. Rice measured 5-foot-8, 199 at the 2008 Combine. Hensley acknowledges it was a "rare sight to see" Rice eluding tacklers in the open field last year, but he did it "a couple times" at minicamp. Rice turned 27 in January. His biggest 2014 concern is an impending multi-game suspension.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 12:55 PM

The Ravens remain without a timetable for when the NFL will hand down Ray Rice's suspension for violating the league's personal-conduct policy.

The Baltimore Sun reported earlier this week that Rice's ban was expected to be announced in the "coming days," but the league has remained quiet. The New York Post's Bart Hubbuch passed along that Rice's suspension could be 4-6 games, or "maybe even more." If your league drafts early, Rice comes with massive risk.
Jun 19 - 2:35 PM

The New York Post's Bart Hubbuch "keep(s) hearing" Ray Rice's suspension could span 4-6 games in connection with his offseason assault charge, or "maybe even more."

Hubbuch is hearing the discipline will be "significant." The NFL has received negative press for strict suspensions levied against pot smokers, while crimes viewed as more sinister like assaulting women get lesser discipline. Commissioner Roger Goodell could use Rice as an example to show the NFL will take hitting women more seriously. A 4-6 game suspension would swing the door wide open for Bernard Pierce, or Justin Forsett, or Lorenzo Taliaffero to run with the feature back job in new OC Gary Kubiak's running back-friendly offense.
Jun 16 - 5:42 PM

The NFL is expected to hand down Ray Rice's forthcoming suspension "in the coming days."

Rice and now-wife Janay Palmer were spotted at league headquarters on Monday, likely for a final sit-down with the commissioner before Roger Goodell decides on discipline. Rice is tentatively expected to be suspended either two or three games to begin the 2014 season. In the meantime, Bernard Pierce versus Justin Forsett versus Lorenzo Taliaferro will be a camp battle to watch.
Jun 16 - 4:49 PM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley believes Ray Rice will be given the opportunity to start when he returns from a likely forthcoming suspension.

Rice has not been suspended yet, but odds are he will face a multi-game ban sometime in the near future. Bernard Pierce should fill in for Rice during the suspension, and if he plays well enough could keep the job even when Rice returns. Hensley does not see that scenario playing out, however, and believes Rice will at least be given a shot to earn back the starting job. With so much uncertainty surrounding the Ravens' backfield, it is hard to trust either Rice or Pierce as starting fantasy options.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 14 - 12:09 PM

The Baltimore Sun reports Ray Rice showed up to Ravens OTAs at "about" 205 pounds.

The plan is for Rice to play around 205 this season after checking in somewhere between 215-225 in 2013. According to reporter Aaron Wilson, Rice looks "a lot lighter" and quicker. Rice's weight is just a side issue, of course. He's facing a potential multi-game suspension for his February assault of his fiancée, whom he's since married.
May 29 - 6:11 PM

The Baltimore Sun confirms the Ravens are "bracing for a potential multi-game suspension" for Ray Rice.

Rice is expected to meet "soon" with Roger Goodell. "The commissioner is going to decide that," said Ravens president Dick Cass. "I'm going to leave it to the commissioner." The precedent for incidents like Rice's assault of now-wife Janay Palmer is 1-2 games, but Goodell tends to increase punishments "for higher-profile incidents." The Sun also adds that Rice has shed 20 pounds and is down to 205 after the Ravens felt his conditioning was a 2013 problem.
May 25 - 11:52 AM

Ray Rice plans to participate in OTAs next week.

Rice has been attending the Ravens' voluntary workouts and will meet with commissioner Roger Goodell soon to determine his discipline. Despite being a first-time offender of the Personal Conduct Policy, he could face a three-game suspension for his assault charge. Rice's off-field issues should allow Bernard Pierce or fourth-round pick Lorenzo Taliaferro to open the season as the starter. 27-year-old Rice averaged just 3.1 yards per carry in 2013.
May 24 - 6:50 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen suggested on NFL Insiders Friday that Ray Rice may face a suspension of three games or longer stemming from his assault charge.

"They're preparing for him to miss, I think, at least three games," Mort said, noting the Ravens used a fourth-round pick on Lorenzo Taliaferro after signing Justin Forsett. Add in Rice's well-below-average 2013 performance, and he's going to be tough to justify as an early-round 2014 fantasy selection. We like Bernard Pierce's chances of opening the year as Gary Kubiak's bellcow back.
May 23 - 3:40 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen indicated on NFL Insiders Thursday that Ray Rice is likely to face a league-imposed suspension following his assault charge.

Rice avoided trial and is a first-time offender of the Personal Conduct Policy, but the NFL has suspended players for similar incidents. "He's gonna miss some time," said Mortensen. "The Ravens anticipate he's gonna miss some time." Say Rice is suspended for the first two games of 2014; it would give another running back (Bernard Pierce, Lorenzo Taliaferro?) the opportunity to run away with the feature back job in OC Gary Kubiak's run-heavy offense.
May 22 - 4:14 PM

Former NFL counsel David Cornwell believes Ray Rice could still face a suspension despite avoiding trial on assault charges.

Rice can argue that he's a first-time offender of the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy and his charges will be formally dropped once he completes an intervention program. But Cary Williams was suspended two games during the 2010 season for a domestic incident and Fabian Washington got one game in 2008 for the same issue. Both former Ravens had clean sheets previously, and neither had an ugly video posted on TMZ a la Rice. A one- to two-game ban is in play for tarnishing the shield.
May 21 - 8:37 AM

Ray Rice will avoid trial on assault charges after being accepted into a pretrial-intervention program.

The charges against Rice will be formally dropped upon completion of the program. The arrest will remain on his record, but without a conviction. It's the best-case scenario after Rice was caught on film dragging his fiancée (and now wife) by her hair through an Atlantic City casino after allegedly knocking her out. Rice is still facing a potential league suspension, but it's unlikely to be lengthy.
May 20 - 4:32 PM

Ray Rice pleaded not guilty on a third-degree charge of aggravated assault in New Jersey Thursday.

Rice allegedly struck Janay Palmer, his then fiancée and now wife, unconscious at an Atlantic City hotel. He's applied for Pretrial Intervention Program, a diversionary program that permits certain defendants (typically first-time offenders like Rice) to avoid formal prosecution. If approved, Rice would receive probation without jail and undergo anger management. The prosecution has also offered a plea that includes probation. Either way, Rice isn't going to land behind bars. But even if he ends up without a true conviction, Rice can still be suspended under the league's Personal Conduct Policy.
May 1 - 9:17 AM

Ray Rice will be arraigned on felony aggravated assault charges Thursday.

Per the indictment, Rice allegedly did "cause significant bodily injury to Janay Palmer, and/or did purposely or knowingly cause significant bodily injury to Janay Palmer and/or under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, did recklessly cause significant bodily injury to Janay Palmer." As a first-time offender, Rice will likely avoid jail time. However, a guilty plea could very well result in a suspension.
Apr 28 - 9:47 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Joe Flacco
2Tyrod Taylor
3Keith Wenning
RB1Ray Rice
2Bernard Pierce
3Justin Forsett
4Lorenzo Taliaferro
5Cierre Wood
GLB1Ray Rice
2Bernard Pierce
3RB1Ray Rice
2Justin Forsett
FB1Kyle Juszczyk
2Shaun Chapas
WR11Torrey Smith
2Jacoby Jones
3Deonte Thompson
4Kamar Aiken
5LaQuan Williams
WR21Steve Smith
2Marlon Brown
3Michael Campanaro
4Gerrard Sheppard
5Jeremy Butler
WR31Marlon Brown
TE1Dennis Pitta
2Owen Daniels
3Crockett Gillmore
4Phillip Supernaw
5Nathan Overbay
K1Justin Tucker