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Ray Rice reinstatement ruling expected before Thanksgiving

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Former Ravens running back Ray Rice could be reinstated before Thanksgiving, although it's difficult to imagine he finds a place to play right away.

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A ruling on the possible reinstatement of Ray Rice is likely to come this week, as the judge on the case is expected to make a ruling on Thanksgiving. Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension wrapped up and the case has now been under review for 10 days, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

Rice, 27, received an indefinite suspension and was released by the Baltimore Ravens in September after video surfaced of him knocking out his now-wife in an elevator. He previously received a two-game suspension in July for his role in the incident prior to video of the incident getting published by TMZ.

The NFL Players Association and Rice argue that the former Ravens running back received two punishments for the same incident and that the indefinite suspension does not follow the precedent set by the league with a new domestic violence policy created in August that calls for a six-game suspension for first-time offenders.

If reinstated, he would still face an uphill climb trying to find a spot on a roster. Most NFL teams will want to avoid the attention, spotlight and backlash that would come with the addition of Rice. Additionally, Rice was less than stellar in his last season on the field, averaging just 3.1 yards per carry and failed to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing for the first time since his rookie season.