Report: Ravens RB Ray Rice To Be Suspended For Two Games

The suspension for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice will be shorter than many speculated it will be.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, commissioner Roger Goodell will be suspending Rice for the first two games of the 2014 season. The suspension is expected to be announced by the league later today.

Rice is being punished under the league’s personal conduct policy after being arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault of his now-wife back in February at an Atlantic City, N.J., casino.

Since that time, Rice has been accepted into a pretrial program that will result in the dismissal of his assault charge if he completes it. He and his wife have also met with the media since then and both apologized for the roles that they played in the incident.

Two games certainly does seem to be on the light side for knocking his woman out cold in an elevator casino. The Ravens first two games of the season are against the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers, so Rice will be missing both of those games.

  • Get accused of rape, but never charged… 6 games, reduced to 4.

    Get recorded knocking your fiancee out… 2 games.


  • steeltown

    Ok, so arrested and charged with FELONY aggravated assault -2games for violating the NFL personal conduct policy. Ben, has NO charges filed and he got a 4game ban…. riiiight, if true, complete bull$hit

  • superfan

    Since logging 367 touches and more than 2,000 yards from scrimmage in 2011, Rice’s YPC and YPR have dropped dramatically. Last year he averaged 3.1 YPC and 5.5 YPR. In six games against the AFC North last year he averaged 2.3 YPC and scored 0 touchdowns.

    I realize there might be some outrage about the suspension based on principles, but strictly from a football performance perspective, there isn’t much reason to worry about seeing Ray Rice on the field.

  • steeltown

    He played through a hip injury last season

  • Pitfan0513

    Absolute BS, if this doesn’t prove my point let Daddy Goodell Is a ratbird fan I don’t know what will!

  • Lil Smitty

    Is anyone really surprised? He entered a pretrial plea, and the women married him. They both apologized. It would not have surprised me if the entire thing had been swept under the rug.

  • steeltown

    In a time when players are being suspended between 4 and 16 games for drugs (PEDs or Weed) yes, I am somewhat surprised. I guess not though when I consider who’s at the helm.

    Apparent NFL Fact: Weed is 2-8 times more dangerous than felony aggravated assault.

  • Louis Goetz

    I agree. In six seasons Rice gained 9,214 yards off of 1,799 touches. Meanwhile, the guy’s only 5’9″ (in heels) and weighs less than 200 pounds. I’m surprised the wheels didn’t fall off sooner. I was shocked that the Ravens didn’t address running back before the 4th round of the draft. I guess they felt comfortable with Bernard Pierce and Justin Forsett, who we’ll see plenty of come Week 2 with Rice suspended for being a cowardly poor excuse for a man.

  • Steelers12328882

    I like Dave’s tweet the best lol “James Harrison was fined $125,000 for knocking out Colt McCoy a few years ago. Ray Rice fined $58,000 for knocking out his wife.”

  • steeltown


  • Nolrog

    What a joke. But we all knew this was coming.

  • Jeff

    I’m definitely stealing that

  • Dwayne Ferguson

    This is a fair punishment for a first time offender.

  • Lil Smitty

    Harrison was fined for tackling Colt McCoy a little out of the range that the NFL wants the contact to be made while a play is going on at high speed. Richard Seymor punched Ben after a play and was fined $100,000 less. Ray Rice punches his wife and gets fined less than deebo.
    So if I understand this logic, it is better to punch someone in the game of football than to tackle them?
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  • Paddy

    It will be more than 2 games, this report is wrong

  • Josh Gustad

    I’m surprised the Ravens don’t get to play the Jaguars 16 games a year too.

  • siouxcitysmitty

    I wonder if she’ll be eligible for the NFL concussion settlement?

  • Jacque Strappe

    At this rate, Josh Gordon will get an award from the league. Goodell is a clown.

  • Biggie

    Wow just ridiculous.

  • steeltown


  • Jesse Murray

    So what? Given the tread on those tires is there any reason to believe he will suddenly transform back to the player he was in 2012? He is on the wrong side of the RB’s peak and he might be better than last season but from having the best stable of RBs in the AFC North, I feel it is safe to posit the Ravens now have the worst.

  • Bradys_Dad

    The NFL playing favorites? Just remember what James Harrison had to say about Goodell.

  • Bradys_Dad

    Only if that “someone” is a woman – at least by the NFL’s standards

  • steeltown

    Not making comparisons or predictions, just stating the facts.

  • Lil Smitty

    What would say about the CEO of your company who seems to have it out for you and has fined you for nearly one quarter of your salary. For doing your job like you have done it for years.

  • Lil Smitty

    Great comment, I hear she is going to start announcing boxing matches for ESPN.

  • Bradys_Dad

    And there it is ….. amen

  • srdan

    Say whatever we want about the length of the suspension, let’s not overlook that they are playing without their best offensive weapon vs two division opponents within 4 days. to open the season.

    I agree in pure terms its a short suspension, but in reality being two down out of the gate in teh AFC north is a lot of punishment. (see Steelers last year)

  • Jesse Murray

    Ok and facts/history tells us the overwhelming majority of Rbs with the mileage that Rice has, will fade rapidly. Even with a healthy hip I dont see Ray Rice reversing that trend.

  • Nolrog

    If you’re keeping score: Free Tattoos = 5 games. Smoke Weed = 4 games. Insensitive Jokes = 3 games. Beat your wife = 2 games

    Tweeted by @MikeToThaG

  • steeltown

    He’s only 27yrs old.. we’ll see

  • CW

    True. If they lose both games that could be the playoffs effectively this year for the Ravens as starting 0-2 in divisional play is a disastrous way to start a season.

    Doesn’t change the reality that this seems light in comparison to some of the fines and suspensions they’ve handed out for other offenses to other players lately.

  • cencalsteeler

    Hog wash!

  • John Hinton

    “…seems light”?! No, if this is true it IS definitely light.

  • Superdriller316

    Looks like the NFL joined the war on women.

  • CW

    “Seems light” is the polite way of saying what you and most other fans are thinking.

  • SG

    What a freaking joke. The league is a laughing stock.

  • Jacque Strappe

    His production has declined. He’s not as significant as he once was and is not their main offensive weapon any longer.

  • The fact that he won’t be playing against the Steelers in Week 2 is a bonus perhaps (even if he’s not as good as he used to be), but the real issue here is the travesty of such a ridiculously mild punishment. Does the league even give a s**t?

    Then again, there are guys playing in the league who have done much the same, and worse.

  • sean mcmartin

    What a Joke. The league is out of control with this BS. Rice deserves a season suspension 8 games at least..BS

  • Matt Manzo

    Wow! Some woman’s group somewhere is pissed off!
    Where I get confused is comparing it to Ben, or Marijuana tests.
    Ben wasn’t arrested or convicted and got 4 games. Smoking weed gets you a whole year, but beating women is 2 games? First offense or not. I know I went to public school but this seems stupid?!?!

  • Lil Smitty

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  • TSD

    Ray Rice just got a slap on the wrist from the NFL, his wife wishes that’s all she had gotten from him.

  • Steel PAul

    Worst. Commissioner. Ever.

  • Ahmad

    So Ben gets 4 games without being charged with a crime. Yet we have video proof of Rice knocking his wife out cold and dragging her into an elevator and he only gets 2 games. Smh. This sends a terrible message to female fans that the NFL doesn’t give two flips about them.

  • mokhkw


    When you’re in a position to make judgements over people like Goodell is then the worst thing you can do is be as wildly inconsistent as he has been with player suspensions.

  • Bradys_Dad

    And I hear that the Ravens are now on “Double Secret Probation!”

  • James Miles

    So what if it is true. He said he was sorry and if his wife forgives him, then it has been dealt with. As for folks making comparisons to Ben’s punishment, Ben got what needed which was a wake up call and he is probably better off for it. Ben’s image around Pittsburgh is that he was an a$$ and treated people like crap. I would bet he did exactly what he was accused of. Fame went to his head.

  • IckyD

    What we all know but dare not say is that if the NFL didn’t make everything harder on the Steelers and we were treated like every other team we would be unstoppable and the league would lose money in big market like- SURPRISE!- New England, NYC, Baltimore, etc. etc.

    I know i’ve seen unimaginable calls by officials which changed momentum in the midst of huge Steelers’ games; we all have.

    Ben’s media crucifixion in ’10 got him and the team to an unexpected SB appearence and a close review of that game makes it clear that Ben was NOT to be allowed to win. Despite the GB-officiating Ben would have won it but for one unaccountably perfect hit by a roid-raging Matthews(who has since ceased to be such a violent force, btw) and Mendy’s saddening fumble (only his 3rd of the entire season) and Ben STILL nearly pulled it off.

    As my rant proves, i find it sickening and outrageous that Rice only gets 2 games.

    I’m even more sickened by the media, who wanted Ben banned for life, who barely mention Rice’s punishment OR his knocking his future wife out cold on video.

    If i was Ben Roethlisberger i’d be out for some justice by way of one more successful run at the big game.

  • IckyD

    Once a RB hips start going they rarely heal completely.

  • IckyD

    He’s also only 5’7 5/8″/205#’s.

    If not this year then soon. He will wear down- he’s no Emmitt Smith playing behind those beasts in Dallas in the 90’s.

  • IckyD

    Pot should NOT be a reason for suspension in the NFL.

  • IckyD


  • IckyD

    That’d almost as easy as playing in the AFCE…

  • IckyD

    He was made DPOY just two years earlier for doing EXACTLY that!

  • Paddy

    I posted the first sentence before it was known for sure what the suspension would be

  • CrazyTerry

    Aaron Rodgers outplayed Ben in that game. I don’t know what you were smoking during SB 45. Ben missed a couple of wide open opportunities against a defense that had more injuries than our team.