The suspensions for Ravens running back Ray Rice and safety Will Hill officially began late Saturday afternoon when they were both placed on the reserve-suspended list.
Rice is suspended for two games for violating the NFL's personal-conduct policy. The punishment stems from his felony aggravated assault case involving a domestic violence incident from a physical altercation between him and his then-fiancee, whom he later married, at an Atlantic City casino.
Rice will miss games against the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is eligible for reinstatement Sept. 12, with his first game back Sept. 21 against the Cleveland Browns.
Hill is suspended for six games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy after losing his appeal when he was previously with the New York Giants prior to being released. Hill, a three-time violator of the NFL's drug policies, is eligible for reinstatement Oct. 13 following the Ravens' game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Now, both players have to make the most out of their time working out on their own to be prepared when they return. Both players had a final practice with the Ravens on Saturday before beginning their suspensions.
"It’s a challenge for any player on suspension," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We have two guys that will be going into that type of situation; different circumstances, but similar challenges. [They need to get] to work and keep focusing on what’s important, which is what’s coming down the road.
"You try to take the situation and make the most of it, make the best of it and make it right in the end. From a football perspective, that’s what both those guys need to do.”