Amazingly, the Ravens still don't know if running back Ray Rice will be suspended or how long his suspension could be. Rice allegedly struck his then-fiance in an incident at a casino earlier this offseason, and the belief has been Rice would be suspended multiple games by the NFL as punishment for it.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports Rice has visited NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in the league offices, meaning he could learn of his fate soon.
Eventually, discipline will be imposed, most likely in the form of a suspension. ... In the end, a multi-game ban should be the assumption. Anything less than that would be a surprise, especially since the NFL has been making a conscious effort in recent years to increase its concentration of female fans.
Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun believes Rice's suspension could be for three games. If that's the case. Rice will miss three AFC North games.
He'd be out Week 1 vs. the Cincinnati Bengals, Week 2 vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers and week 3 vs. the Cleveland Browns. Baltimore went 3-3 last year against those teams, so having Rice when facing them would be ideal, but it looks like Baltimore may be without him.
Not to mention Baltimore needs to figure out quickly if Rice is still capable of being their featured back. He's coming off the worst season of his career, rushing for just 660 yards and four touchdowns in 15 games last season.
In 2012, Rice rushed for 1,143 yards on 257 carries (4.4 yards per carry) and scored nine touchdowns while helping Baltimore win the Super Bowl.
Is the 2012 Ray Rice what Baltimore will get this year, or will it be the watered-down 2013 version?
Baltimore won't know until he's back on the field in the regular season, and as of now, they don't even know when he'll be able to play.