Former Ravens running back Ray Rice could be reinstated to the NFL within a month.
While Rice remains indefinitely suspended for punching his then-fiancee Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City elevator last February, the league has set a hearing date for the former All-Pro back’s appeal, according to CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora. A decision on Rice’s future could reportedly come in mid-November.
The NFL initially suspended Rice for two games prior to TMZ releasing video of his domestic abuse. Rice’s legal team allegedly contends he deserves a suspension no longer than the new NFL policy of six games for first-time offenders because commissioner Roger Goodell was made aware of what was on the video.
The hearing will be conducted by former U.S. District Court Judge Barbara S. Jones and is expected to be completed before erstwhile FBI director Robert Mueller completes his independent investigation into the incident on behalf of the NFL, according to La Canfora.
Right now it remains unclear whether any team would consider signing Rice prior to the end of the season, even if he is reinstated.