Rice is suspended for the first two games of the regular season, a controversial punishment handed down by commissioner Roger Goodell in July in the wake of assault charges filed against the running back for February incident in an Atlantic City hotel. A security camera caught what appeared to show Rice dragging his apparently unconscious fiancée out of an elevator.
The couple later married, and Rice avoided trial by entering a diversion program in May.
The 27-year-old Rice had arguably the worst season of his six-year career. His 660 yards rushing and four total touchdowns were his fewest since his rookie season, and his 3.1 yards per carry were by far the lowest of his career.