Ray Rice still holding out hope of playing in NFL again

Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice told The Baltimore Sun on Wednesday that he hasn't given up hope of playing in the NFL again.

The chances of Rice returning have diminished greatly because the NFL season is approaching the midway point and Rice has yet to receive an official tryout. But Rice continues to train in case he gets that long-awaited opportunity.

"I'm doing what I've got to do to get another shot," Rice said.

Rice and his wife Janay returned to Baltimore on Wednesday to surprise youth football cheerleaders with new uniforms. They decided to provide new gear after learning about a Southwest Baltimore community transforming a park once known for drug dealing into a place for sports and events. Rice's wife helped design the uniforms.

"We wanted to give these little girls something to look forward to," Ray Rice told The Sun. "It was a no-brainer. I still want to be attached to the Baltimore community."

Rice has been out of the NFL since he was released by the Ravens in September 2014 after a video emerged of him punching his then-fiancée Janay Palmer, who is now married to the three-time Pro Bowl player. The domestic violence charge was dismissed in May after he completed the pretrial intervention program.

But Rice has not received a second chance like Cowboys defensive lineman Greg Hardy, who was convicted last year of assault on a female (charges were later dismissed after prosecutors said the accuser in the case couldn't be found). Teams such as the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans have lost their starting running backs for the season and neither reportedly expressed an interest in Rice.

So, Rice, who has not carried the ball in a game that counts since December 2013, waits for an opportunity that might never come.