Ray Rice | RB
Posted: 12/3/2014 10:25am et
The Arizona Cardinals have no interest in free-agent RB Ray Rice (Ravens) despite an injury suffered by starting RB Andre Ellington (hip).
Huddle Up: Marion Grice will play if Ellington can't, and it appears the Cards aren't interested in the political maelstrom that will follow Rice wherever he lands.
Posted: 11/28/2014 4:01pm et
Free-agent RB Ray Rice (Ravens) has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension and is eligible to play immediately, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Rice is free to sign with any team -- and it only takes on interested franchise -- but it's tough to envision any team taking on the PR headache twith only a quarter of the season remaining. The offseason, though, might be another matter.
Posted: 9/9/2014 10:38am et
Updating an ongoing story, free-agent RB Ray Rice's (Ravens) description of what happened in the domestic dispute to the Baltimore Ravens is consistent with the elevator video, according to sources. However, seeing the video stunned the team owner and prompted Rice's release.
Huddle Up: There's no question the video is shocking, and it's not surprising that seeing it prompted the owner to call for Rice's release. It hasn't helped that the league has mishandled the situation from the beginning.
Posted: 9/8/2014 3:24pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice has been released.
Huddle Up: Rice was released after a video surfaced of him knocking out his girlfriend this summer. The Ravens will move forward with Bernard Pierce and Justin Forsett as their top two backs. Pierce was benched last week after fumbling early. Forsett finished with 84 total yards and a score against the Bengals. Early reports suggest Forsett could get the start Thursday night against Pittsburgh but it's likely to be a committee approach going forward.
Posted: 8/16/2014 9:15pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice's (shoulder) X-rays on his shoulder came back negative.
Huddle Up: Rice will likely be day-to-day and his availability for the Ravens' third preseason game will be known more early in the week. Rice is currently being overvalued with an ADP of Round 5. Bernard Pierce is a much better option for fantasy owners this year with an ADP of Round 8.
Posted: 8/14/2014 6:56pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice is expected to work with the first-team offense during the second preseason game but likely will start losing snaps to RBs Bernard Pierce and Lorenzo Taliaferro since he will sit out the first two games of the regular season. Pierce and Taliaferro have received more work with the starting offense during practice, and Pierce is expected to start the third preseason game.
Huddle Up: Pierce has much added fantasy value this summer, not only because he's in line to start the first two games of the season, but he's also the insurance policy in case the Rice of 2013 shows up after his return in Week 3.
Posted: 8/8/2014 4:20pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice showed nice acceleration and decisiveness on his runs during the preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers Thursday, Aug. 7. 'I do feel different,' he said of his slimmer frame. 'I guess it's safe to say I feel like back when I was a rookie. That's the weight I'm continuing to try to play at. Obviously, when I went through when I added a little bit of extra weight, you can't make the cuts like you want to do.' Rice ran for 17 yards on three carries on the team's first drive.
Huddle Up: With his season-opening 2-game suspension and coming off his disastrous 2013 campaign, Rice has fallen down the ADP ranks as the 24th RB currently coming off the board, but the former fantasy stud isn't that far removed from his glory days and could provide a strong ROI if you can still snag him in the middle rounds of your draft.
Posted: 7/28/2014 10:50am et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice did not appeal his two-game suspension.
Huddle Up: Ray Rice should thank his lucky stars the NFL is more concerned about performance enhancing drugs and DUIs than domestic violence. Bernard Pierce will get the bulk of the carries while Rice sits, and if Rice doesn't perform significantly better than he did last year he may return to a jobshare rather than the feature back workload he's been used to.
Posted: 7/24/2014 12:13pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice will be suspended for the first two games of the season following his well-publicized, off-season arrest on assault charges involving his fiancée, according to sources Thursday, July 24.
Huddle Up: Given the seriousness of the the charges here -- accompanied by a disturbing video -- and the more stringent punishments handed out recently for pot use and the like, the league's surprising leniency is being met with some harsh criticism on airwaves and social-media circles this morning. Regardless, the Ravens and Rice's fantasy owners are getting off easy as the RB will only miss 2 starts as he tries to rebound from his deeply disappointing 2013 showing.
Posted: 6/19/2014 7:50pm et
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said the team has no timetable on when a decision will be announced on a possible suspension for RB Ray Rice.
Huddle Up: Hopefully for the sake of the Ravens and fantasy GMs, it will come sooner rather than later so everyone can adjust their plans accordingly.
Posted: 6/16/2014 10:39pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice and his wife were in New York Monday, June 16, to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at NFL headquarters. Rice could face a significant punishment from the NFL due to a physical altercation with his then-fiance in an Atlantic City, N.J. casino this offseason. According to sources, there is potential for more than a four- to six-game suspension.
Huddle Up: Rice had one of his worst seasons as a pro last year, and the prospects of a shortened season make Bernard Pierce a valuable fantasy commodity--not to mention dinging Rice's value as well.
Posted: 5/25/2014 8:17pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice and the team are bracing for a potential multiple-game suspension from the NFL due to a physical altercation with his wife an Atlantic City, N.J. casino this offseason. No discipline has been determined yet, but Rice is expected to meet soon with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Huddle Up: Yeah, the video of Rice dragging his unconscious wife out of the elevator looked as bad in the NFL offices and it did on your laptop, so expect Rice to play in fewer than 15 games for the first time since his rookie season of 2008.
Posted: 5/20/2014 6:59pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice will avoid jail time in his felony aggravated assault case after being accepted into a pretrial intervention program. Rice could still be facing a suspension under the NFL personal conduct policy.
Huddle Up: We'll see what the NFL discipline czars have in store for Rice, who already is facing a big hurdle in trying to bounce back from his deeply disappointing 2013 season (5-year lows with 981 yards from scrimmage and 4 total TDs).
Posted: 5/1/2014 11:38pm et
Updating an earlier report, Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice applied for the pretrial intervention program, which allows certain defendants -- often first-time offenders - to avoid formal prosecution. The prosecutor offered a plea deal that includes probation with no jail time and anger management counseling. If he's denied the intervention program, he would accept the plea deal and avoid jail time.
Huddle Up: Obviously good legal news for Rice, who has had the public backing of the Ravens throughout this process.
Posted: 4/28/2014 11:26am et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice's court date for felony assault charges was pushed back to Thursday, May 1.
Huddle Up: Since the league is unlikely to take any action until this case runs its course in the courtroom, no news on a potential suspension for Rice.
Posted: 3/31/2014 3:51pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice and Janay Palmer were married Friday, March 28, one day after Rice was indicted by a grand jury on third-degree aggravated assault for allegedly hitting Palmer and knocking her unconscious, according to league sources. The ceremony had been planned for several weeks. Palmer was also charged with simple assault, but the complaint against her has been dismissed.
Huddle Up: Does this mean Palmer doesn't have to testify against her now-husband in the assault case? It's one of many offseason questions Rice will face stemming from the incident that led to the charges. Expect the league to let the legal system take the lead, so it's likely Rice won't miss any time this season.
Posted: 3/27/2014 5:40pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice was indicted on third-degree aggravated assault charges Thursday, March 27, for last month's incident at an Atlantic City casino. The charge carries a 3-to-5-year prison term.
Huddle Up: Rice's attorney continues to refute the charges and insists the case will be resolved. In the meantime, the Ravens say they are sticking by the veteran RB, but that decision may be taken out of their hands by the courts.
Posted: 3/17/2014 11:53am et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice has reportedly lost 15 pounds this offseason and wants to get to 205 pounds for next season. Rice finished this season at 225 pounds, which is the heaviest he has been since entering the league.
Huddle Up: Rice has plenty of issues to grapple with this offseason, from his off-the-field issues to his struggles last season. If the lighter playing weight alleviates the hip issues, that's certainly a step in the right direction.
Posted: 2/19/2014 8:21pm et
The NFL will review Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice's arrest for simple assault-domestic violence under their personal conduct policy. Rice could be fined or suspended under the policy.
Huddle Up: Ya think? The league offices can't be happy with Rice allegedly delivering an uppercut to his fiance, knocking her out. Standard procedure would be for the league to let the legal system run its course, then mete out its own justice; expect things to play out that way here as well.
Posted: 2/15/2014 8:48pm et
Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak thinks it's paramount that the team get RB Ray Rice going again in 2014 if the offense is going to be successful. Kubiak is expected to employ a run-first offense in a zone-blocking scheme, meaning Rice will receive plenty of opportunities. 'Our goal is to get him going, and he's excited to get going and put last year behind him,' Kubiak said. Kubiak plans to share the touches between Rice and RB Bernard Pierce.
Huddle Up: Good that Kubiak wants to lean on Rice; bad that Rice was awful in 2013, and bad that Pierce is going to cut into his carries. That tips the scales away from expecting a bounceback 2014 campaign for Rice.
Posted: 2/3/2014 8:19pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice (hip) said he regrets playing most of the 2013 season with a nagging hip injury. Rice, who had career lows in yards (660), average yards per carry (3.1) and touchdowns (four), resumed his offseason workouts Monday, Feb. 3. 'I played through an injury and I probably should have thought twice about it, but I'm glad I was able to push through the season and not have any surgical procedures,' said Rice. 'One thing I know my body needed was rest, and we had a tough turnaround, and we didn't do what we wanted to this year, but I'm positive that things are looking better for next year already. We'll get this thing rolling again.'
Huddle Up: Rice's 2013 season was a hugh disappointment, both fantasy and otherwise. He'll be a value next season, but a high-mileage back with hip issues is hardly a sure thing. Best to keep tabs on what he's able to do (and not do) this offseason when the Ravens resume team activities to gauge if he's worth the risk.
Posted: 1/23/2014 1:43pm et
The Baltimore Ravens likely will not release RB Ray Rice this offseason even though he has a high 2014 salary cap figure because the team would not create any salary cap space if he was cut.
Huddle Up: Yeah, Rice had an abysmal season as he failed to top 1,000 rushing yards, 1,500 total yards and score at least 6 TDs for the first time since his rookie season of 2008, but the Ravens acknowledge he played injured and aren't just going to flat-out bail on him, especially with the cap hit it sounds like they would take.
Posted: 1/10/2014 12:57pm et
Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said he expects RB Ray Rice to return to his Pro Bowl form next season. 'We had great dialogue yesterday on what we think we can do to help Ray to get there. But that combination of us having an understanding and a willingness to provide some help to him, and him having a willingness to work his butt off, we will again have a Pro Bowl running back in Ray Rice next year,' Newsome said.
Huddle Up: Those who spent a first-round pick on Rice this year won't be as quick to forgive, but unless the Ravens bring in someone else this offseason you can expect a similar Rice/Bernard Pierce backfield split in Baltimore.
Posted: 12/31/2013 6:36pm et
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is confident that RB Ray Rice will bounce back from a down season in 2013. 'My expectation for Ray Rice is to be one of the very best running backs in the National Football League,' Harbaugh said Tuesday at his end-of-the-season news conference. 'That's the standard for Ray. The great thing about Ray is -- I just had this conversation with him this morning -- that's his standard for himself. The thing I love about him is he has a plan to make sure as his career extends here that he is that guy for a long period of time.'
Huddle Up: Has Rice really hit a wall at age 27? It looked like it for most of the 2013 season as he had only 1 100-yard rushing game and 4 total TDs, but a nagging hip injury and various other ailments likely played a role in his down year. He doesn't figure to be drafted as a RB1 next summer, but you can be sure some owner will take a high-round gamble on Rice given his years of productivity.
Posted: 12/26/2013 10:35pm et
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice (thigh) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.
Huddle Up: Rice should play in the Ravens' season finale, but how much fantasy production you can expect out of the RB given his nagging ailments and sub-par season remains in question.