Last weekend, the Detroit Lions suffered a major injury blow in the running back position as Ameer Abdullah went down with a foot injury during their game against the Tennessee Titans.
He was placed on the injured reserve after having surgery, meaning he would be eligible to begin practice once more after six weeks, and can be activated after eight. The Lions now have a bit of a dilemma at the position, as they'll likely have to split duties between Theo Riddick, rookie Dwayne Washington and Zach Zenner.
However, another option Detroit could use is signing a free agent to not only add depth but improve their situation. Some have suggested former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice could be an option, who hasn't played an NFL snap since 2013, but reports have since dismissed this choice.
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According to Pro Football Talk: "On Wednesday, Jason McIntyre of TheBigLead.com and FS1 reported that the Lions are having “serious internal discussions” about adding Rice to the team. A source with direct knowledge of the team’s thinking on this matter, however, said the Lions won’t be signing Rice."
If Rice was to sign with the Lions, not only would he link up with the former offensive coordinator of the Ravens and current head coach Jim Caldwell, but he would also play alongside former teammates defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and wide receiver Anquan Boldin.
With so many teams in the NFL now with a zero-tolerance policy against domestic violence, it's difficult seeing Rice play in the league again, let alone with the Lions. Sure they would love to have a three-time Pro Bowler on their roster, but they're probably not prepared to pay to bring that type of talent to their team.
Rice would certainly be an upgrade for the Lions at the position, but the baggage that comes along with him looks to be something the team isn't prepared to handle. They rather ride with who they have, rather than bring him in with the added attention.