NFL Commissioner Open to Reinstating Ray Rice

| by Michael Allen

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell gave his first interview today after indefinitely suspending Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice who was caught on video punching his then-fiancee (current wife) Janay Palmer earlier this year.

Goodell originally suspended Rice for only two games after a video of Rice dragging Palmer out of an Atlantic City elevator surfaced.

However, Goodell suspended Rice indefinitely yesterday and the Ravens dropped the star running back after a video of the actual assault surfaced on TMZ.

"We had not seen any video tape of what occurred in the elevator," Goodell told "CBS This Morning" co-anchor Norah O'Donnell today. "We assumed that there was a video, we asked for the video, we asked for anything that was pertinent, but we were never granted that opportunity." noted that O'Donnell later tweeted about Rice's possible reinstatement per Goodell:

"I don't rule that out....He has paid the price for the actions that he's already taken" @nflcommish on #RayRice return 2 #NFL @CBSNews

When asked how TMZ got the video of Rice punching Palmer when the NFL didn't, Goodell responded (per O'Donnell's tweet):

"I don't know how TMZ...gets their information...We don't seek 2 get that...from sources that are not credible" @nflcommish @CBSEveningNews

The entire interview with Goodell will air tonight on CBS News.

Sources: CBS This Morning, Twitter, (Image Credit: SSG Teddy Wade)