Sources: Ravens RB Rice facing 2-game suspension


BALTIMORE - According to multiple sources, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice will be suspended by the NFL for the first two games of the regular season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

Rice was charged with felony aggravated assault after he was accused of striking his then-fiancée during an altercation at an Atlantic City casino earlier this year.

The suspension will keep Rice out of divisional games against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 7 and the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 11.

Under the terms of the two-game suspension, the three-time Pro Bowl selection would lose two game checks totaling more than $470,000.

In addition, Rice would be fined $58,000 and asked by the NFL to enter counseling and would be subject to further discipline if he commits any further violations.

The news of the suspension comes more than five weeks after Commissioner Roger Goodell met with Rice and his wife, Janay, on June 16 at the league’s headquarters. Goodell questioned them about the altercation.

Rice, 27, was accuses of striking his then-fiancée unconscious and ultimately was charged with felony aggravated assault.

He was accepted into a pretrial intervention program that allowed him to avoid jail time and could lead to the charge being eliminated from his record.

Rice is one of five Ravens that have been arrested this offseason. The most recent was cornerback Jimmy Smith, who was arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct on July 12.