HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Houston Texans owner Bob McNair said on Thursday that he doesn’t see Ray Rice as an option for the Houston Texans at running back despite a glaring need at the position after a groin injury to starter Arian Foster in training camp.
Rice has been out of football since his release from the Ravens after the release of surveillance video of him punching his now wife Janay Palmer in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino.
McNair was asked about Rice specifically in a Thursday media session at Texans training camp. The Texans owner said it was a question he would rather put on the players if that situation were to come up.
“I don’t know that is something (The Texan players) would like,” McNair said. “We want player that fit in our locker room. We’ve got four good running backs. I don’t know if he’s as good as any of the four we’ve got.”
The Texans have looked outside their current crop of backs in camp for a back to carry some of the load in Foster’s absence. The Texans failed to sign former Saint Pierre Thomas last week offering him only a veterans minimum deal.
There has been some discussion about Rice by Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine. Pettine told SI.com ” “We’ve talked about it, but I don’t think we’re there at this point,”
McNair sees the lack of interest in Rice as another reason as to why he may not be a fit.
“I haven’t seen anybody else trying to sign him. So I think that’s a pretty good indication of where he stands.”
Currently second year back Alfred Blue is listed as the team’s starter with Jonathan Grimes, Chris Polk and rookie Kenny Hilliard. The Texans have not made a move to sign another veteran since Thomas left Houston without a deal.
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