Ray Rice and his wife met the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at the league's New York headquarters Tuesday as the running-back aims to recover from an array of bad publicity in the last few months.
The Baltimore Ravens tailback allegedly struck his then fiancee after an altercation in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino and he was arrested as a result.
But now it seems that he's making strides towards a personal recovery, although a ban for breaching the NFL's personal conduct policy is still highly likely.
Multiple sources have confirmed that Goodell did indeed meet up with Rice and his wife, which had been expected ahead of a punishment for Rice under the personal conduct policy.
Goodell usually punishes players after meeting up with them, which would suggest that a decision on the amount of games Rice will possibly miss will be announced imminently.
Rice is required to attend the Ravens' three-day minicamp that started Tuesday, which are mandatory.
According to the Baltimore Sun, "Two sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed the meeting, which has been expected as Rice faces discipline under the NFL’s personal conduct policy stemming from an aggravated assault charge for allegedly striking his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, during an altercation in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino."
The Ravens running-back Rice addressed the media for the first time last month since he allegedly struck his wife back in February.
The infamous CCTV footage showed Rice walking out of the lift with his wife sprawled out on the floor after she was allegedly knocked out in the altercation.
Rice put on a united front with his wife, who was also present. He apologized for the incident and vowed to be a better man, but he didn't disclose what actually happened.
The tailback had been a star for the Ravens during a four season period from 2009-12, but last year he only averaged 3.1 yards per carry.
In the previous four seasons he had never averaged less than four yards per carry, and he will be dearly hoping to get over his terrible troubles and move forward with his career. However, it's highly likely that he will receiver a ban, and not many could argue that if he was to miss the start of the 2014 NFL season.