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27 Ray Rice RB
Height/Weight: 5-8/206 | Birthdate: 1/22/1987 | Birthplace: New Rochelle, NY, USA | Team: Baltimore | College: Rutgers | NFL Experience: 7 | Owned/Started%: 98/59 | Average Draft Position: 48.66
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Harbaugh: I'm very confident in Bernard Pierce


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11:49 am ET) With Ray Rice suspended for the first two games of the season, the Ravens have to figure out who will start at running back in his absence, reports ESPN.

The top choice to fill in for Rice is Bernard Pierce. He was limited all offseason after having shoulder surgery, but he looked to be in good shape as the Ravens opened training camp this week. 

"I'm very confident in Bernard. I've always liked Bernard," coach John Harbaugh said. "He's a heck of a player. He’s worked very hard, he’s 217 pounds, [and] he's in the best shape of his life. He looked good out here the last couple of days. We'll know more by Tuesday once we get the pads on and seeing him move with the pads on and how the shoulder holds up -- that'll be important."

Outside of Pierce, the Ravens have Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro, but Pierce is the likely starter with Rice out.

"I have a lot of confidence in all of our guys," Harbaugh said.


Ray Rice: 'I failed in many ways'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Ravens running back Ray Rice issued a contrite statement after receiving his two-game suspension from the league. Rice struck his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, unconscious in an Atlantic City casino in February.

"It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that’s my fault," Rice said. "As I said earlier, I failed in many ways. But, Janay and I have learned from this. We have become better as a couple and as parents. My goal is to earn back the trust of the people, especially the children, I let down because of this incident."

Added general manager Ozzie Newsome: "That night was not the typical Ray Rice we know and expect."

Rice was fined an additional game check, meaning he'll lose a total of $705,882 the first three weeks.


NFL makes Ray Rice suspension official


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) The NFL made it official, suspending Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games and fining him an additional game check for a domestic violence incident with his then-fiancee. Commissioner Roger Goodell told Rice he expects him to continue getting counseling and other professional services.

"I believe you are sincere in your desire to learn and move forward toward a healthy relationship and successful career," Goodell told Rice.


Report: Ray Rice's suspension will be two games


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/24/2014) After Yahoo Sports reported Ray Rice would be suspended for two games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the two-game ban would be announced on Thursday

Rice struck his fiancée unconscious in February in an Atlantic City casino. He has since undergone counseling and had charges against him postponed. Bernard Pierce figures to start in Rice's place for the Ravens for however many games he's forced to sit out. 


Ravens awaiting word on Ray Rice suspension


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/7/2014) The Ravens are still waiting to hear how long running back Ray Rice will be unavailable to begin the season with a possible suspension, reports ESPN.

The report says Rice is expected to receive a multi-game suspension for allegedly striking his fiancée unconscious in February. The report suggests a suspension of two to four games for Rice would follow the league's recent track record with first-time offenders. 

If Rice is going to miss a major chunk of the season, the Ravens would give Bernard Pierce, Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro more snaps this summer, especially later in the preseason. If Rice is only going to be suspended for a couple of games, the Ravens' rotation at running back may not change significantly.


Ravens expecting to use RB by committee?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/30/2014) As a suspension looms for running back Ray Rice, the Baltimore Sun believes the Ravens will use a running back by committee approach even when Rice is eligible to play. 

Bernard Pierce figures to be the first man up to replace Rice and take on a nice amount of work but he has yet to be cleared following offseason shoulder surgery and has struggled in two seasons in the pros. Justin Forsett is a veteran familiar with the Ravens' new running scheme but he's played sparingly over his six-year career. Rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro has some talent but still hasn't learned the offense and might not have the best skill-set to play outside of situational roles. 

The Sun believes the Ravens will need "all hands on deck" to not only replace Rice, but pair with him when he's active. 


Ray Rice suspension coming soon?


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/16/2014) Ravens running back Ray Rice and his wife, Janay, were at NFL headquarters Monday, reports the New York Post, although a league spokesman refused to confirm their visit.

The assumption is Rice was there to meet with commissioner Roger Goodell regarding his arrest following a physical altercation with his wife in an Atlantic City casino in February.

A suspension could follow, and the report indicated Rice's punishment from the NFL will be "significant," possibly 4-6 games or maybe even more.


Ray Rice taking bulk of first-team reps again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Ravens running back Justin Forsett took a bunch of first-team reps last week, ahead of Ray Rice, but things were back to normal this week at OTAs. Rice was behind Joe Flacco on nearly every play and "showed he could hit that extra gear after getting the ball, especially when catching a pass in the open field," reports ESPN.com.

Rice is facing a potential suspension for an off-field incident, and backup Bernard Pierce is coming back from shoulder surgery. That could be why the Ravens were giving Forsett a chance to run with the starters.


Justin Forsett, not Ray Rice, took first-team reps


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/2/2014) In a move that might have been meant to send a message more than anything else, Justin Forsett handled most of the first-team reps for the Ravens during an OTA practice on Friday ahead of Ray Rice. And according to ESPN, Forsett looked extremely fast and showed off good hands. 

It's expected that Forsett's work with the starters was just to let Rice know that his off-field issues have been noticed and will be considered by the coaching staff. However, Forsett could be in line for some work early on this season if Rice has to serve a suspension. 


Ray Rice looking 'lighter, quicker' at OTAs


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/30/2014) Ray Rice is down to 205 pounds and looked "a lot lighter, quicker than last year" at Ravens OTA practices this week according to the Baltimore Sun

Rice is attempting to bounce back after a terrible 2013 season that saw him total less than 1,000 yards. He is also facing a suspension after a domestic violence incident this offseason. 


Ray Rice 'looks a lot different'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Ravens running back Ray Rice, who rushed for just 660 yards last year, has dropped roughly 20 pounds since the end of the season and is down to 205, reports the Baltimore Sun. He'll practice in the team's OTAs next week.

"Physically, he looks a lot different," receiver Torrey Smith told the paper. "He's worked hard. He's here for all the voluntary stuff. As you know, a lot of vets can kind of take that off. He's working his tail off. He's leading us in the right direction."

Rice faces a potential suspension after entering a diversionary program in the felony assault case against him. He could be suspended three games, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.


Ray Rice apologizes for incident


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/23/2014) Ravens running back Ray Rice apologized to his family, his fans and the Ravens' organization for "30 seconds" of his life that he would like to have back, reports the Baltimore Sun.

The comments, made at an afternoon news conference Friday, marked the first time Rice addressed his arrest following a physical altercation with his now wife, Janay, in an Atlantic City casino in February.

"Every day wasn't easy, but through all things, we were able to get through this," Rice said. "There was a lot of tears shed, but me and Janay can truly say that we're in a better place. Hopefully, one day, we'll gain back everyone's trust to let you all know that we're still the same people, I'm still the same person. I really treat my job as a very special job, and I failed miserably. But I wouldn't call myself a failure because I'm working my way back up."

The report said Rice found out earlier this week that he has been accepted into pre-trial intervention program that would allow him to avoid any jail time and ultimately could lead to the charge being eliminated from his record. While the completion of the program would put his legal problems behind him, Rice is still likely facing a suspension from the NFL.


Suspension expected for Ravens' Ray Rice


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/22/2014) The Ravens "anticipate" running back Ray Rice missing time this season due to a suspension stemming from an off-field incident, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Thursday. 

Rice was charged with felony assault after he and his wife had a domestic dispute at an Atlantic City casino. Rice avoided jail time when he was accepted into a pre-trial intervention program for first-time offenders. Once the program is completed, the charges will be dismissed. 

Bernard Pierce, Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro are the backups behind Rice on the Ravens depth chart.


Ray Rice to avoid jail time


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Ravens running back Ray Rice will avoid prosecution and possible jail time in the felony aggravated assault case against him, reports The Press of Atlantic City. Rice was accepted into a pretrial intervention program. If he completes the program, the third-degree assault charge will be dismissed.

"This decision was arrived at after careful consideration of the information contained in Mr. Rice's application in light of all of the facts gathered during the investigation," acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said. "After considering all relevant information in light of applicable law, it was determined that this was the appropriate disposition."

It remains to be seen whether the NFL will discipline Rice.


Ray Rice pleads not guilty to assault charge


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/1/2014) In a New Jersey court this morning, Ravens running back Ray Rice pleaded not guilty to a felony aggravated assault charge.

According to The Associated Press, Rice has applied for the state's pretrial intervention program, which is an option for first-time offenders. If approved, he would have his charges dismissed after meeting certain criteria including counseling. If he's not approved, state prosecutors have offered Rice a plea deal that would spare him jail time so long as he participates in anger management counseling.

Rice is still subject to the NFL's personal conduct policy. 


Ravens to add one or two running backs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said the team planned to add one or two running backs even before Ray Rice's felony assault case, reports ESPN.com. Look for Baltimore to draft at least one of those.

Behind Rice, the Ravens have Bernard Pierce, Justin Forsett and Cierre Wood.


Ray Rice's arraignment pushed back to Thursday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2014) Ravens running back Ray Rice will be arraigned on felony aggravated assault Thursday, reports the Baltimore Sun. The hearing was originally scheduled for Monday but was pushed back due to the judge's docket.

The paper said that even if Rice is convicted, he could avoid jail time through a program for first offenders. The NFL, however, could suspend Rice if he's found guilty.


Ray Rice 'looks great' at Ravens camp


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/23/2014) Ray Rice was in attendance for the start of Ravens offseason workouts and "looks great" according to strength and conditioning coach Bob Rogucki. 

"I've spoken to Ray. He's doing some things differently as far as his diet and so forth, and he told me he has a handle on it," Rogucki told the official team website. "So, he looks good. Whatever he did from the end of the season until now, he's in a good position right now."

Many will blame a hip injury and a poor offensive line for Rice's steep statistical decline in 2013 but Rice claims he was overweight and that impacted his play. The team wanted him to lose 10 pounds from the 217 he weighed in at during the season. The reason for the added bulk was because of a change in offseason routines, and it might have played a role in his hip hurting him. 


Report: Ravens planning to add two running backs


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/16/2014) The Ravens are aware of what's been going on with Ray Rice this offseason but were planning to add a pair of running backs this offseason anyway. NFL Network reports that they now believe that one of those two might have to start depending on what happens with Rice. 

The veteran running back had a horrible 2013 season (under 1,000 total yards) and then was indicted on a third-degree aggravated assault charge when he struck his then-fiancee and current wife Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City casino. 


Ray Rice's arraignment set for April 28


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Ravens running back Ray Rice, indicted on a third-degree aggravated assault charge, is scheduled to be arraigned April 28, reports Fox 45 in Baltimore. The indictment alleges Rice struck then-fiancee and current wife Janay Palmer during an altercation in an Atlantic City casino.

“Ray’s situation will be addressed,” coach John Harbaugh told the team’s website. “There’s a timeline, and consequences for actions. I really respect what Ray is doing since and how he’s handled it and the steps he has been taking. When you learn what those steps are, you’re going to be proud of him, too. Nobody is perfect. Nobody sitting in this room is perfect. There are plenty of people out there with stones in their hands. Plenty of stones have already been tossed.”

Rice and Palmer entered couples counseling shortly after the incident.


Brandon Spikes tweets criticism of Ray Rice


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes became the first NFL player to publicly criticize Ravens running back Ray Rice for allegedly striking then-fiancee Janay Palmer, whom Rice has since married.

"I don't see how anyone can respect him," Spikes tweeted. "Put your hands on a woman. the woman that had ur child."

Spikes also claimed that Rice marrying Palmer was an attempt to save his image.


Ray Rice marries alleged assault victim Janay Palmer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) Ravens running back Ray Rice married fiancee Janay Palmer on Friday, per ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

That news is significant because Rice has been indicted on a charge of third-degree assault for allegedly striking Palmer in a Las Vegas casino elevator on Feb. 15. The couple has been undergoing counseling.

The case against Rice took a twist Thursday when the state dropped assault charges on Palmer and upgraded those against Rice.


Ray Rice's attorney, Ravens comment on indictment


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2014) After Ravens running back Ray Rice was indicted on a charge of third-degree assault, his attorney, Michael Diamondstein, issued this statement to ESPN's Adam Caplan:

"I have been advised by the prosecutor's office that an indictment has been returned. The state has decided not to prosecute (Rice's fiancée) Ms. (Janay) Palmer. While we certainly aren't looking to pass the buck, it was Ms. Palmer who started the altercation, and the state chose to prosecute Mr. Rice only. And again, we deny that he committed an aggravated assault. We don't think the law would support that (he did). And we just ask the public to reserve judgement until all of the facts are out."

The team released this statement: "This is part of the due process for Ray. We know there is more to Ray Rice than this one incident."

Rice is accused of striking Palmer in an Atlantic City casino elevator Feb. 15. Initially both were charged with simple assault-domestic violence, a misdemeanor, but Rice's charge was upgraded and Palmer's dismissed. If convicted, Rice could face three to five years in prison.

The couple recently entered counseling.


Ray Rice indicted for third-degree aggravated assault


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2014) Ravens running back Ray Rice was indicted by a grand jury for third-degree aggravated assault after initially being charged with simple assault-domestic violence, reports ESPN. Rice is accused of striking his fiancee, Janay Palmer, inside an Atlantic City casino elevator Feb. 15.

The simple assault-domestic violence charge against Palmer was dismissed. Rice's attorney says the couple is happy and getting counseling and wants the case thrown out.

If Rice is convicted, he could face three to five years in prison.


NFL monitoring Ray Rice situation


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) The NFL confirmed it is monitoring Ray Rice's legal situation, according to the Ravens. Baltimore's starting running back and his fiancee were arrested last month following an incident in Atlantic City, N.J., and charged with simple assault-domestic violence. They have since entered couples counseling.

The Ravens said there's no indication on whether a suspension could be handed out.