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Ray Rice drawing interest, not likely to play until 2015

Ray Rice might be drawing some looks from teams, but he's not expected to return to the field in 2014.

A "handful of teams" have already expressed some level of interest in the former Ravens running back, who won his appeal on Friday and is free to sign with any team, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL GameDay Morning. Despite the interest, though, it's not likely a team adds the 27-year-old for the season's stretch run, Rapoport adds.

Per Rapoport, one general manager said he would not touch Rice, while another, whose team was "not so good," suggested he might be interested if his team was better.

At the moment, Rice has maintained his game shape and is eager to get back onto the field, but as Rapoport noted, there seems to be a divide among general managers. On one hand, a contending team devoid of dependable running back help could easily fill a void. On the other, there are plenty of social obstacles to consider; how quickly could Rice be forgiven by a jury of his own peers?

Either way, it sounds like we'll have to wait until 2015 to find out.

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