The police were called by casino security at approximately 2:50 a.m. ET Sunday after video footage showed Rice and Palmer hitting each other. The Baltimore Sun reported the video showed both Rice and Palmer hitting each other, but both declined medical attention.
It's certainly not the kind of attention Rice wants after a career worst season in which the defending Super Bowl champions shrunk to the depths of one of the worst rushing teams in the NFL. Rice rushed for 660 yards, his lowest total since his rookie year, and the lowest in any season with 150 or more carries. His 3.1 yards per carry average was among the worst in the NFL for any running back who received 10 or more carries a game on average.
Baltimore had to be considering running back something of a need in the upcoming NFL Draft and free agency period. Even though the incident is being described as "minor," this can't bode well for Rice, who has averaged around 300 touches a season in his six-year career.
Rice signed a five-year, $35 million contract in 2012, and has a cap number in 2014 of $8.75 million.