Chiefs Bracing For Rashee Rice Suspension

Rashee Rice was booked on eight felony charges stemming from a hit-and-run incident in Dallas in late March. As the Chiefs wide receiver navigates his legal situation, he’s also likely to face punishment from the NFL.

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Albert Breer of writes that the Chiefs are “bracing for” a Rice suspension. ESPN’s Adam Schefter echoes that sentiment, writing that Rice is expected to be slapped with a “multigame suspension.” Of course, considering Roger Goodell‘s penchant for cracking down on off-the-field incidents, this shouldn’t come as a huge surprise.

Both Breer and Schefter opine that Rice’s looming suspension may end up influencing the front office’s draft approach. Breer writes that wide receiver is now “higher on the list than it might’ve been a couple of months ago,” while Schefter notes that the Chiefs were seeking receiver reinforcement even before Rice’s legal issues.

The Chiefs already made one splash at the position, adding Marquise Brown to their receivers room. However, if Rice is out of the picture, the team is eyeing a similar WR corps that underwhelmed in 2023. While Brown and Travis Kelce can soak up plenty of snaps, Patrick Mahomes would still have to lean on the likes of Justin Watson, Skyy Moore, and Kadarius Toney (who, perhaps surprisingly, remains in the team’s plans). Rice has recently been virtually attending the Chiefs’ offseason program.

Rice was clocked driving 119 miles per hour prior to the March crash. He turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest, and he is facing charges of aggravated assault, collision involving serious bodily injury, and collision causing injury.

In addition to the forfeited paychecks via an eventual suspension, Rice will be facing more financial repercussions. Rice and SMU’s Theodore Knox, who was also involved in the hit-and-run, are being sued for over $1MM in damages and $10MM in punitive damages by two victims in the crash (per Olivia Johnson of Fox4 in Kansas City).

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