Granted, this is speculation, but it's a slow news day, and Chris Mortensen is a reliable source even if he is only using his best guess.
Mortensen said on ESPN's "NFL Insiders" on Friday that the Ravens are "preparing for [Ray Rice ] to miss, I think, at least three games." Rice is likely to be suspended for violating the league's personal conduct policy after he allegedly assaulted his then-fiancée who is now his wife at a hotel in February. Rice has been charged with third-degree aggravated assault to which he has pleaded not guilty.
Rice has been accepted into a pre-trial program, and the charge will be dismissed if he completes the program, which will take at least one year.
I won't comment on the press conference that Rice and his wife held today. Everything I could say about that embarrassment has already been said by the Internet 200 times over. I guess "embarrassment" is a comment. Oh well.
A three-game suspension seems rather heavy for a first-time offender of the policy. But Rice did (allegedly) knock his wife unconscious, so ...
Bernard Pierce and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro would take over the Ravens' backfield for as long as Rice is gone. Pierce would most likely be the lead rusher, but Taliaferro has been praised for his pass-protection skills -- a trouble spot for many rookies -- and stands to see time as well.