Ray Rice: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation on Free-Agent RB

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

Dec 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) runs the ball during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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Veteran running back Ray Rice is searching for a new lease on life in the NFL, but a second chance does not appear to be on the horizon.

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Rice Comments on Future

Thursday, Dec. 17

"I do want to play football again, and I'm not ready to give up," Rice said on the Dan Patrick Show, courtesy of Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith. "I thought early in the year, I would have loved to be in a training camp, learn an offense and things like that."

Report: Cardinals Not Interested in Signing Rice

Wednesday, Dec. 2

The Arizona Cardinals have dealt with injuries at the running back position to Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington, but Jay Dieffenbach of AZ Central Sports was given a "firm 'no'" when he asked a source about the possibility of the Cards bringing in the former Baltimore Ravens star.

Johnson was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return after suffering a fractured tibia, while Ellington is dealing with turf toe. That leaves rookie David Johnson as Arizona's top back, with Stepfan Taylor and Kerwynn Williams serving as depth.

The 28-year-old Rice hasn't played a regular-season down since 2013, as the Ravens released him last year due to a domestic violence situation that saw him punch his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City casino elevator.

Teams have steered clear of the three-time Pro Bowler ever since, with public relations likely playing a role. Further, Rice averaged just 3.1 yards per carry in 2013.

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With so much working against Rice, and David Johnson playing well, it's understandable why the 11-2 Cardinals have stayed pat.

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