Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been on forced leave from the NFL since September, when the player was suspended from the league indefinitely after TMZ released footage of him knocking his then-fiancée unconscious in a casino elevator. But according to CBS Sports, Rice could return to the league as soon as November.
Shortly after the player’s dismissal from the NFL and his release from a multimillion-dollar contract with the Ravens, Rice filed an appeal to have the suspension reversed, claiming that he never lied to league commissioner Roger Goodell about his assault on his partner and that league officials had access to the leaked security footage for several months. CBS reports that former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones is slated to review the appeal as a third-party, and that it could be decided before the league’s independent investigation by former FBI chief Robert Mueller has concluded. A hearing date was scheduled earlier in the week. Sources told CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora that Rice has “an exceedingly strong case.”
One team to remember is the Jacksonville Jaguars. The team could use Rice right now. With the Bills losing both C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson they could be another interesting team to keep an eye on.