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NFL Notes: Ray Rice, Dolphins, Jaguars, Raiders & Vikings

Ray Rice

Earlier in the day, Jason McIntyre of TheBigLead.com reported that the Lions are having “serious internal discussions” about signing former Ravens RB Ray Rice.

However, a source with direct knowledge of the team’s thinking tells Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that they won’t be signing Rice.

A ‘Lions executive texted Adam Schefter regarding their reported interest in Rice: “We are NOT signing Ray Rice, never have even discussed him. 1000% false.”

  • Mike Freeman of B/R is hearing that some NFL teams are taking a “hard look” at Rice but nothing appears to be imminent at this point in time.
  • Freeman adds that if Rice can’t get back into the league following several injuries to running backs around the league, then there’s a question whether he’ll ever get another opportunity.

Dolphins

  • Ian Rapoport reports that Dolphins RB Arian Foster did not practice on Wednesday and is viewed as a “long shot” to play against the Browns this weekend.
  • Although, Rapoport says that there’s still a chance Foster plays in two weeks.

Jaguars

Raiders

  • Jason Cole of B/R reports that Raiders owner Mark Davis caught off guard when Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson said he expected to buy part of the Raiders.
  • According to Cole, Davis has no intention of selling part of the team and is reportedly angry with Adelson’s comments.
  • Cole mentions that NFL owners are wary of a potential relationship Adelson.

Vikings

  • Pro Football Talk believes trading for Browns LT Joe Thomas makes “plenty of sense” for the Vikings now that LT Matt Kalil is out for the year with a hip injury.
  • However, PFT adds that the Browns’ asking price for Thomas is likely crazy: “The Browns will want seven first-round draft picks for him.

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