Today, the National Football League announced that the Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice would be suspended for the first two games of the 2014 season. The punishment stems from an instance Rice was involved in last February.
Video evidence revealed the incident that took place between Rice and Janay Palmer, his fiancée at the time at an Atlantic City, N.J., hotel. Rice was charged with aggravated assault, but his participation in a pretrial intervention program allowed Rice to avoid jail time. Further, Rice and Palmer are now married
Rice was also fined $58,000 by the league. He now has 3 days to appeal the penalties.
If he does serve the suspension, Rice would miss two very important games in Baltimore. Both games are against opponents in the AFC. The Ravens open up against with the Cincinnati Bengals, and then go on to play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2. The first game Rice will be eligible for is Week 3 in Cleveland against the Browns.
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Last season, Rice rushed for 981 yards and four touchdowns in 15 games. These were his lowest totals since his rookie year back in 2008. Rice will have to wait a couple weeks before he can bounce back.
The Ravens hope Rice’s suspension will not be a setback for the team or their starting running back.