Chiefs star Rashee Rice Feb 5, 2024; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice (4) talks to the media during Super Bowl LVIII Opening Night at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs addressed their wide receiving corps in the 2024 NFL Draft, selecting Texas speedster Xavier Worthy with their lone first-round pick. And it now turns out that this selection could be due to some incoming disciplinary actions expected to be handed down to Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice.

Rice thrived in his rookie season last year, hauling in 79 receptions for 938 yards and seven receiving touchdowns. But this offseason, Rice got himself involved in a legal mess after being involved in a crash that resulted in him receiving eight felony charges, including aggravated assault charges.

The star wideout could very well end up doing prison time for his involvement in the incident. But even if he doesn’t, he could have to deal with some severe discipline from the NFL.

NFL insider James Palmer seems quite confident that Rice will be issued a suspension by the NFL, saying on a recent podcast appearance that he is expecting at least a suspension for half of the 2024-25 season for Rice.

This would obviously be disastrous for the Chiefs if Rice ends up being correct. But it is certainly understandable from the NFL’s perspective to be considering this kind of punishment considering how severe Rice’s case is.

Again, this could all depend on the legal ramifications of Rice’s case. Obviously, if he faces jail time, it won’t matter whether the NFL decides to suspend him or not.

But either way, it sounds like the Chiefs will be without Rice for at least a portion of the upcoming season, which could certainly impact their team success as they look the repeat as Super Bowl championships.

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About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.