Rice is alleged to have assaulted his now-wife Janay Palmer. Since the assault the two have gotten married and tried to distance themselves from the situation but that does not figure to be enough to avoid a suspension being handed down from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
“I’m assuming he will meet with the commissioner at some point in the near future and make a decision about what discipline, if any, is appropriate,” Ravens team president Dick Cass said via the Baltimore Sun. “I’m not going to speculate. The commissioner is going to decide that. I’m going to leave it to the commissioner.”
The 27-year-old Rice is coming of the worst season of his career. He has lost 20 pounds and is down to 205 pounds as he looks to bounce back.
“You do something that draws attention like this, it deserves punishment. Whatever it may be, whether it’s fines or suspensions, I can’t really say.” said teammate Torrey Smith. “Something happens like that and, obviously, it doesn’t look good on him on him or the league or the organization. Whatever punishments they dish out, he’ll handle it and we’ll handle it as a team and we’ll accept it.”
Thus far there has been no indication how long Rice could be suspended. In 2010 Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was suspended six games which was later reduced to four after he allegedly assaulted a woman in Georgia.