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As training camp creeps on around the NFL, former Ravens running back Ray Rice's name continues to crop up around some of the running back-needy teams in the league.

Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine told Sports Illustrated's Don Banks that his organization has discussed signing Rice, who has been out of the NFL for nearly a year after video emerged of him punching his now-wife, Janay, in an Atlantic City, N.J., hotel elevator.

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He was suspended indefinitely by the NFL and released by the Ravens, though his suspension was lifted last year and he is free to sign with any team.

Pettine told Banks he was "not going to say it didn't come up in discussion, but at this point we're not there yet."

Pettine pointed to his time in Baltimore at the beginning of Rice's career, as well as the presence of former Ravens running back coach Wilbert Montgomery in Cleveland.

Montgomery, however, had a falling out with Rice that contributed to the end of his six-year stint with the Ravens. Rice was successful under Montgomery, but ran for a career-low 3.1 yards per carry in 2013, their final season together.

Other free agent running backs on the market include Pierre Thomas, Steven Jackson, Chris Johnson, and Knowshon Moreno.

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