Running back Ray Rice has been reinstated by the NFL, so there is bound to be at least one team who will take a chance on him in the near future despite his checkered past.
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Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice won his appeal of his indefinite suspension, and he has been reinstated by the NFL as a result.
Rice was caught on tape punching his wife in a casino elevator. He had been suspended for two games until the newest tape was released, and his suspension became indefinite while the Ravens released him.
Since Rice still has plenty of years ahead of him after rushing for at least 1,000 yards in four of his first six seasons, another NFL team is bound to sign him.
Here are five teams that are most likely to give Rice a second chance.
5. New England Patriots
Although the Patriots already have Shane Vereen, LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray, all of those running backs are eligible for free agency in 2015. Stevan Ridley will also be a free agent then, and he is not expected to be retained due to his ACL injury. Rice could give the Patriots offense another dimension that would make it even more scary and difficult to stop. If Vereen is let go, Rice could replace him as a pass-catching weapon in the backfield for the Patriots.