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Ray Rice: 'I made an inexcusable mistake'

Former Ravens running back Ray Rice broke his silence, issuing a statement for the first time since he was indefinitely suspended.

The three-time Pro Bowl runner was reinstated Friday after former federal judge Barbara S. Jones ruled that he had won his appeal and was immediately eligible to sign with and play for an NFL team.

In his statement, issued through the NFL Players Association, Rice thanked several people, including his wife, Janay, whom he knocked out in a casino elevator in February. He made no mention of returning to the NFL.

"I would like to thank Judge Barbara Jones, the NFL Players Association, my attorneys, agents, advisors, family, friends and fans -- but most importantly, my wife Janay," Rice said in a statement. "I made an inexcusable mistake and accept full responsibility for my actions. I am thankful that there was a proper appeals process in place to address this issue. I will continue working hard to improve myself and be the best husband, father and friend,...

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NFL, NFLPA issue statements after Ray Rice reinstated with successful appeal

The NFL Players Association wants a neutral arbitrator for every NFL disciplinary matter.

In the case of former Ravens running back Ray Rice, former federal judge Barbara S. Jones ruled Friday that the three-time Pro Bowl running back must be immediately reinstated by the NFL following his successful appeal of an indefinite suspension levied by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell following an original two-game suspension for violating the NFL personal-conduct policy.

"This decision is a victory for a disciplinary process that is fair and transparent," the NFLPA said in a statement. "This union will always stand up and fight for the due process of our players. We take no pleasure in seeing a decision that confirms what we have been saying about the Commissioner's office acting arbitrarily. The only remaining action is for NFL owners to embrace a fair process with a neutral arbitrator in all cases. The players thank Judge Barbara Jones for her time and thoroughness in this matter."

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Ravens corner Lardarius Webb fined $16,537 for horse-collar tackle against Saints

Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb was fined $16,537 by the NFL for his horse-collar tackle on New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan, according to a league spokesman.

Webb tackled Morgan following a 67-yard end-around during the first quarter of the Ravens' 34-27 win Monday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith and Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro weren't fined for their altercation where Vaccaro was penalized for a personal foul and Smith drove him back into the Ravens' bench area, according to the NFL.

Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata wasn't fined for his roughing the passer penalty for his late hit on quarterback Drew Brees.

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Asa Jackson hopeful he'll return next week

Ever since he went on injured reserve with a designation to return on Oct.8 because of a toe injury, Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson has had one date in mind: Dec.7. That’s the day that the Ravens play the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium and Jackson is first eligible to return to game action.

“It gives you a date in mind, something to work toward,” Jackson said Friday. “That’s what I’ve been doing.”

Jackson, 24, took part finished his first full week of practice and he remains optimistic that he’ll be able to return for the Dolphins game.

“I’m hoping so,” he said. “I’m just going to keep working and see what the coaches tell me and see what the trainers tell me and do whatever I can do in order to put myself in position to play starting next week. It’s just going off what they tell me. That’s all I can do.”

Jackson started four of the first five games for the Ravens, registering 18 tackles with one pass defended. He got hurt on Oct.5 against the Indianapolis Colts and since he’s been...

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Former Ravens teammates say Ray Rice deserves second chance in NFL

Now that Ray Rice has been reinstated, the former Ravens running back is searching for new NFL employment. That's expected to be difficult considering the public relations firestorm that's sure to follow him.

Despite the baggage that has accompanied Rice since a graphic video surfaced of him knocking out Janay Palmer in a casino elevator, former Ravens teammates expressed support for the three-time Pro Bowl running back and said he deserves a second chance in the NFL.

"Yeah, I would love to see Ray play again," said fullback Kyle Juszczyk, who has remained in touch with Rice via text messages since the team terminated Rice's $35 million contract in September. "I wish the best for him. He knows he did wrong. He feels bad about that. You've got to move on to the next challenge."

While many league sources predicted Rice would be reinstated, plenty of doubt exists about whether he will play this season. The conventional wisdom states that the three-time Pro Bowl running back is more likely...

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No absentees at Ravens' post-Thanksgiving practice

The Ravens returned after a brief Thanksgiving respite with perfect attendance at practice Friday, the final workout before Sunday's visit from the San Diego Chargers.

Earlier this week, outside linebacker Pernell McPhee (shoulder), outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (foot), wide receiver Michael Campanaro (hamstring), and guard/tackle Jah Reid (hand) appeared on the injury report in some capacity.

Campanaro, who has missed over a month with a hamstring injury, and McPhee, who was hurt Monday against New Orleans, were limited participants Wednesday and Thursday.

Suggs missed practice Wednesday before returning yesterday, and Reid has been a full participant all week, his first practice action since breaking his hand before the Tennessee Titans game.

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