CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 01: Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens runs through the arm tackle of Manny Lawson #99 of the Cincinnati Bengals en route to a first quarter touchdown during their game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was given the Franchise Tag by the team rather than give in to his demands for a long-term contract. Both sides hope to settle this situation as soon as possible and fans should have every bit of confidence that something will get done in time for Rice to report to Training Camp later this summer on July 21st.
In the meantime, Rice has not signed his Franchise Tag and therefore does not need to officially report to mini-camp until then. However, some people are worried about his absence and how it might affect the team's preparation at this point. The beneficiaries of his absence are the other running backs, Anthony Allen, Damien Berry, Bernard Pierce and Bobby Rainey, who are getting many more reps in the meantime.
Other teams have similar problems, with stars not reporting for hat are considered mandatory practices. According to the story at SB Nation, QB Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints), RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Jacksonville Jaguars), RB Matt Forte (Chicago Bears), WR Dwayne Bowe (Kansas City Chiefs), DE Cliff Avril (Detroit Lions) and safety Dashon Goldson (San Francisco 49ers) have not been seen in or around the team's practice fields.