Jason La Canfora: ‘Rice Could Be Reinstated Immediately’

With so many NFL players committing, or being accused of, domestic assault – either against their fiances, wives, girlfriends or children – it’s easy to forget about Richie Incognito, who seems to have gotten lost in the bad boy shuffle.

Well, Incognito – the ring leader who harassed and terrorized Jonathan Martin – worked out for the Denver Broncos this week. He did not sign a contract.

“No, no deal,” CBS NFL insider Jason La Canfora said on Ferrall on the Bench. “He’s got a few teams that have looked at him and kind of put him in the we’ll-break-the-glass-on-him-later-if-we-really-need-him (category). So yeah, they took a look at him. They’re not completely in love with their protection schemes right now. We’ll see if that changes at all when they get Montee Ball back, who hasn’t been the best pass-protecting back in the league himself. But yeah, nothing for now.”

Getting back to the other bad boys, Adrian Peterson’s grievance hearing has been pushed back to Monday, and La Canfora expects him to ultimately be reinstated.

“Yeah, I think it’s inevitable,” La Canfora said. “The league is in no hurry to do so and will take its time making a decision here, and obviously we’re getting into the latter stages of this season as it is. But I do think he’ll be reinstated. Obviously it doesn’t look like it’s gong to happen this week. It may not happen next week. They could always decide his suspension should be 12 games or 11 games or whatever they deem it to be. But he’s going to be play football again. He’ll be back next year for sure. I just don’t know if it’ll be on this contract with the Minnesota Vikings, where he’s set to make $13 million.”

And then, of course, there’s Ray Rice, who also figures to be coming to a football field near you – and sooner rather than later.

“Both the league and Rice’s attorney have until the end of this week to submit their final briefs, closing arguments – anything else that they feel like the judge needs to review before she makes her independent decision on his appeal. She then told the sides she’d like to make a decision between seven and 10 days after having all the final materials. So I think it’d be as early as Monday the 17th of November and probably as late as Monday the 24th of November that she makes her ruling.

“Everything that I’ve heard leads me to believe she’s going to reinstate him immediately, but then there’s that same issue: Is someone going to sign him? Will he have a team to play for right away in 2014? That may be tough. I do think he plays in 2015.”

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