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Ray Rice | RB | Baltimore Ravens
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.

Posted: 12/20/2013 6:43pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice (thigh) was limited in practice Friday, Dec. 20, and is questionable for Week 16.
Huddle Up: Rice, who missed Wednesday's workouts and has been limited in the team's 2 practices since, should play Sunday but don't expect his already disappointing season to get any better with yet another injury thrown into the mix.

Posted: 12/19/2013 10:40pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice (thigh) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 19.
Huddle Up: Rice was able to get back on the practice field after missing Wednesday's workouts entirely, and there's no real reason to doubt his availability for Sunday's date with the Pats at this point. Still, keep attuned over the next few days to make sure.

Posted: 11/29/2013 12:06am et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice carried 12 times for 32 yards and caught 6 passes for 38 yards Thursday, Nov. 28 in a 22-20 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Huddle Up: Those fantasy owners hoping the holiday home game and a decent matchup against a shaky Pittsburgh run defense would bring a reprieve from Rice's struggles were left disappointed once again as the RB failed to eclipse 75 total yards for the 10th time in 12 games and couldn't find the end zone for the 6th time in 7 contests. Definitely look for other options in the fantasy postseason.

Posted: 11/11/2013 8:11pm et
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said RB Ray Rice (hip) health has been a big factor in his disappointing season so far. Rice's longest run of the season is for 14 yards, and he's averaging just 1.62 yards per tote on 29 carries since he said he was healthy coming out of the Week 8 bye. Harbaugh also suggested he may ride the hot hand out of the backfield as the season progresses.
Huddle Up: Something obviously is amiss with Rice, whose high rushing game is 74 yards and only has had 3 TDs this season, and his fantasy owners have been forced to explore other options. No. 2 back Bernard Pierce had 10 touches to Rice's 24 in Week 10, but it sounds like those totals could be on the move.

Posted: 11/7/2013 1:08pm et
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice said he hasn't lost a step this season and said he's healthy, despite having 97 carries for only 259 yards this year, good for an average of 2.7 yards per carry. The Ravens rank 29th in the league in rushing offense. 'If you watch the film, you'd understand that we've been playing pretty good fronts,' he said. 'We've got eight games left, and that's my focus now.' A hip flexor strain in Week 2 limited his explosiveness, but he said he's been feeling fine in recent weeks. RB Bernard Pierce has averaged only 2.7 yards per carry, too, as the offensive line has struggled to open running lanes all year.
Huddle Up: Rice has left fantasy owners in the lurch with his subpar season. Maybe he hasn't lost a step, but the hip injury combined with poor line play and improved defenses have conspired to relegate Rice to the bench in many fantasy leagues--and to the waiver wire in others.

Posted: 11/6/2013 12:55am et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice proclaimed he was at full strength in Week 9 against the Cleveland Browns, but he managed just 17 yards rushing on 11 carries.
Huddle Up: Rice has struggled all season, and things seem to be getting worse instead of better for the first-round fantasy pick. In the Ravens' 3 contests since Rice gained 92 total yards and scored a pair of TDs Week 5 vs. the Dolphins, the RB has rushed for 96 yards on 40 carries and hasn't found the end zone. Up next are the Bengals who allow the 6th-fewest points to opposing RBs.

Posted: 10/8/2013 12:43pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice (hip), who was injured last month in a game with the Cleveland Browns, is no longer listed on the team's injury report after the Week 5 win against the Miami Dolphins.
Huddle Up: It looks like the angst might be over for Rice's fantasy owners as the RB recorded his first 100-yard total game and first multiple-TD contest in Miami.

Posted: 10/2/2013 1:17pm et
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said the team would like to get RB Ray Rice more involved in the passing game Week 5. Rice was used often in pass protection during the team's Week 4 game.
Huddle Up: Perhaps the acquisition of Eugene Monroe to play left tackle will free up Rice for more receiving work. He was certainly under-used last week against Buffalo.

Posted: 9/27/2013 2:56pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice (hip) said he'll be a game-time decision in Week 4 against the Buffalo Bills, but said it was 'a good sign' that he practiced all week. 'Barring no setbacks, there's a chance I could be out there on Sunday,' Rice said. 'I just have to go out there and warm up and see how it feels out there. I'll let the coaches make the decision for me.' Head coach John Harbaugh said Rice would either be listed as questionable or doubtful for the game.
Huddle Up: Rice has a great match-up against the Bills' banged up rush defense. However, even if Rice does play, expect Bernard Pierce to see a lot of touches this week as well. Rice owners should be prepared for him to miss another game, while Pierce is a flex option with Rice in the lineup and a strong RB2 if he doesn't play.

Posted: 9/25/2013 5:54pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice (hip) said he will participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 25, and expects to play Week 4.
Huddle Up: This dings Bernard Pierce's value, in case you were planning on starting him. But the Ravens could limit Rice, and Pierce has looked better than Rice thus far.

Posted: 9/23/2013 5:01pm et
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said RB Ray Rice (hip) has a chance to play Week 4.
Huddle Up: This is good news for his fantasy owners, but don't celebrate just yet. Monitor his situation throughout the week.

Posted: 9/21/2013 1:16pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice (hip) may sit out the next two weeks to make sure his hip injury has time to heal. RB Bernard Pierce is expected to start while Rice is out of the lineup.
Huddle Up: Pierce is a borderline RB1 while Rice is out. He has a tough match-up this week against the Texans but Pierce should easily rack up 20 touches. Get Pierce in your lineup while Rice is recovering from his hip injury.

Posted: 9/20/2013 4:54pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice (hip) is listed as doubtful for the team's Week 3 game against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Despite being held out of practice all week, Rice was listed as questionable, but that changed Friday when he was officially downgraded to doubtful. Coach John Harbaugh says Rice will be a game-time decision, but signs point toward Bernard Pierce getting his first career start.

Posted: 9/19/2013 4:44pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice (hip) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 19.
Huddle Up: No real revelations here as coach John Harbaugh has indicated that Rice could -- and likely will -- sit out practice all week and still have a good shot at playing in Week 3. Backup Bernard Pierce, however, still figures to get plenty of touches whether Rice plays or not.

Posted: 9/18/2013 4:21pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice (hip) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Huddle Up: It's going to be hard to trust Ray Rice this week, especially if he keeps missing practice. Keep an eye on him, but have your alternatives at the ready.

Posted: 9/16/2013 5:22pm et
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said RB Ray Rice (hip) is considered day-to-day at this point. The team may hold Rice out of practice this week if he needs to rest.
Huddle Up: This is infinitely better news than what many feared when he went down with an injury on Sunday. Breathe a sigh of relief.

Posted: 9/15/2013 5:27pm et
Updating an earlier report, Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice (hip) has a strained hip flexor. No MRI is scheduled.
Huddle Up: The injury looked much worse when it first happened. Hopefully the hip flexor isn't too serious, but it looks like Rice and his fantasy owners dodged the dreaded torn ACL.

Posted: 9/6/2013 2:08pm et
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice gained only 36 yards on 12 carries during his team's 49-27 loss to the Denver Broncos on Thursday, Aug. 5.
Huddle Up: Going beyond his basic rushing numbers, Rice was more involved than it appears, scoring on a 1-yard run in the second quarter and leading the team with 8 receptions, albeit for only 35 yards. Bottom line: He was below par in standard -scoring leagues, particularly for a consensus first-round pick, but still scored in double digits. In PPR leagues, his 8 grabs saved the night.

Posted: 8/5/2013 9:15pm et
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said RB Ray Rice (ankle) turned his ankle during practice Monday, Aug. 5, but the injury is not considered serious.
Huddle Up: Keep an eye on the RB, but In light of the team's other injury issues, this sounds very minor indeed.