Count Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti among those who believe jobless running back Ray Rice should get an opportunity in the NFL this season.

Count Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti among those who believe jobless running back Ray Rice should get an opportunity in the NFL this season.

In an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio Tuesday, Bisciotti said the Ravens organization is behind their former star. The team terminated Rice's contract last September after video of him punching his now-wife, Janay, became public.

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"I think enough people are coming around a year later and saying he deserves a second chance," Bisciotti said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "We at the Ravens wholeheartedly agree. ... I hope like hell he gets that opportunity."

It's the first time the Ravens have publicly said they hope Rice, who had an indefinite suspension from the NFL lifted last December, gets back on the field. General manager Ozzie Newsome said in Februrary he "would be happy" if Rice "gets an opportunity to play with another club."

Several Ravens teammates have said since November that they hope Rice gets another chance. Coach John Harbaugh has also expressed support.

Just don't expect Rice's second chance to come in Baltimore.

"I think it's safe to assume that he's done here," Bisciotti told The Baltimore Sun in September.

Bisciotti said in April that he had regrets about how the Ravens handled Rice's domestic violence incident in Atlantic City, N.J., but did not regret releasing the former Pro Bowl running back.

"I can't say that I don't have regrets. But as I said back then, my regret was not cutting him," Bisciotti said during a conference call with season ticket holders. "My regret was not demanding to see the video because I believe that we could have gotten it. If we had seen the video back in the spring, then I think we would have had a different circumstance. I think we would have released him. … We should have seen the video in May, not in September."

Some public sentiment appears to have shifted toward forgiveness. Columnists for ESPNW, USA TodayThe Houston ChronicleThe Baltimore Sun and others have called for a team to give Rice a second chance. A Call To Men, a national organization that encourages men to end violence against women, has also said Rice should get another chance to play. The organization later apologized for endorsing Rice.

Rev. Jesse Jackson called into The C4 Show on WBAL 1090 AM Monday to say that Rice should have the opportunity to redeem himself in the NFL.

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